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•Aminat Jamal and Kemi Adekoya

Nigeria’s loss is Bahrain’s gain

The 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia, ended on Thursday, and one of the dominant countries in Athletics at the competition, was Bahrain. Back in the day, not many people associated the oil-rich Arab country with Track and Field, but in recent times, Bahrain is now becoming a rising force in world Athletics, thanks to the presence of a growing number of African-born athletes within its fold, Nigerians inclusive.

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Remembering Nicholas Bett, a trailblazer in African Athletics

On Wednesday morning, the sad news filtered in that Kenya’s Nicholas Bett, who won a Gold medal in the 400m Hurdles at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, died in a car crash that morning. It was reported that Bett died on the spot after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch near Lessos, along Eldoret-Kapsabet road, throwing the Athletics fraternity into mourning.

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Awake Nigeria, Africa’s sleeping sprint giant

It is no longer news that the 21st edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships is currently being staged in Asaba, Delta State. The 100m is usually one of the major highlights of any Athletics competition, and it was no different at the ongoing championship. The men and women’s 100m finals were decided on Thursday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.

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Asaba 2018: Let the African Championships begin…

In a few days, the rest of the continent will converge at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State, for the long-awaited African Senior Athletics Championships. Fans and spectators will definitely be treated to brilliant performances on the Track and Field, considering that some of the athletes expected to headline the championships, are among the best in the world.

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A stitch in time saves nine

The National Championship of any country is considered sacrosanct. It is a competition where the country’s best athletes (home and abroad) converge and rivalries are re-kindled, eventually leading to the emergence of National Champions who would have earned bragging rights until the next edition of the championships.

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•Juan Miguel Echeverria

Catch them young!

A week ago, a 19-year old Cuban Long jumper by the name of Juan Miguel Echevarria performed an incredible feat that sent shivers down the spines of Athletics lovers all over the world! While competing at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Sunday, June 10th, Echevarria sailed over a distance of 8.83m to win the men’s Long Jump ahead of favourite, South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga, who is the reigning World Champion in the event.

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