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Athletes’ outstanding performances at ‘All-Comers’ meet excite Okon

The performance Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Gabriel Okon has expressed satisfaction with the performances of athletes at the just concluded AFN-All-Commers competition held in Akure.

Consequently, the Olympian said the future is quite bright for track and field events in Nigeria.

A sizeable number of athletes ran new personal bests on the track in their first competitive race of the year and Okon believes it is a positive sign of what to come, if the athletes are given the motivation and training that they need.

“‘The performances at the AFN All-Comers event blew my mind. Imagine having athletes running fast times in a season opener.

“This is great encouragement for us at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to provide more competitions for them so that they can perform to their optimal best,’said Okon.

Ifeanyi Ojeli of Making of Champions track club ran a first ever sub 21 seconds of his young career, racing past the finish line in 20.94 seconds. The performance shot him to the top of World Athletics list of performances released yesterday.

Ojeli obviously continued where he stopped last year when he ran 45.91 seconds in the 400m,his first quarter mile race inside 46 seconds when just about a year earlier, he was struggling with a 46.9 seconds.

Another athlete who ran a new personal best is Favour Ofili, the University of Port Harcourt undergraduate student who improved her time in the 200m from 23.24 seconds achieved in 2019 to 23.07 seconds in only her first race in 2020. Ofili is now the fastest 200m athlete in the world so far this year and looks on course to becoming the eighth Nigerian woman to run a sub-51 seconds over the 400m in the all-time list.

 

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