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Nigerian athletes shine at Asian Games

Edidiong Odiong

Nigerian-born athletes Edidiong Odiong and Salwa Naser won gold for Bahrain at the on-going Asian Games in Jakarta. Odiong won gold in the 200m, while Naser a 2017 world championships silver medalist easily won the 400m.

Also in the men 100m Tosin Ogunade running for Qatar won silver in the race won by China’s

Su Bingtian in a tournament-record 9.92 seconds as he interrupted a series of victories by African-born runners at the Asian Games on Sunday.

Odiong won the 100m in 11.30 ahead of India’s Dutee Chand, who missed the last Games in a row over her hyperandrogenism, the condition that also affects South African middle distance star Caster Semenya.

Earlier, Bahrain’s Kenyan-born world champion Rose Chelimo overcame Jakarta’s heat and smog to win the women’s marathon in a sluggish time of two hours, 34 minutes and 51 seconds.

“It was bad, it was too hot,” the 29-year-old told AFP. “I felt something in my throat too. The air here, you feel like it’s hard to breathe.”


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