The gloomy face of Nigerian athletics was powdered with sunshine in Brazzaville, Congo yesterday after Amusan Oluwatobiloba sensationally clinched Gold in the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.15 secs at the ongoing 11th African Games.
Gnima Faye of Senegal took silver at 0.145 while another Nigerian Lindsay Lindley Weyinme ran 13.30 secs to win a bronze medal.
Also, Patience Okon George raced to silver in the women’s 400 metres. The Nigerian quarter miler clocked at a time of 50.71 to finish second behind Zambia’s Kabange Mupopo who took home the gold in 50.22 secs. Tjipekapora Herunga of Namibia clinched the bronze medal.
At the last edition of the Games in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011, Nigeria’s Ajoke Odumosu (56.26) won the 400m Hurdles.
Interestingly, Odumosu still holds the Nigerian record in the 400m hurdles, after improving on her personal best to 54.40 seconds during the 2012 London Olympic Games semi-finals.
Meanwhile in the men’s 400 hurdles event, Team Nigeria’s Henry Okorie finished a dismal eighth position in a race won by Williams Mbeyi Mutunga of Kenya at a time 50.23 secs. Tunisia’s Mohammed Sghaier took the silver while Algeria’s Abdelmalik Lahoulou won the bronze medals.