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Buhari Rewards Athletes with National Honours and Kshs 56M cash

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, in Abuja approved conferment of national honours and cash awards of N200 million for Team Nigeria contingents to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics Championships.

Speaking at a presidential reception in honour of the athletes, the President reaffirmed his government’s commitment to rewarding excellence, no less for members of Team Nigeria, who ignited the spirit of victory in the nation through stellar performances at international competitions.

Congratulating all the awardees and recipients, he expressed confidence that the gesture will spur them to greater heights. The president, who described the athletes as champions, worthy ambassadors, national heroes and heroines, praised them for proudly flying the Nigerian flag in nine sporting events.

Tobiloba Amusan, Ese Brume conferred with Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) award

“I watched with millions of Nigerians those exciting moments when you all brought smiles to us and our homes by breaking world, national and games records, as well as achieving personal best in your careers.

“Your outstanding performances in recent times are consistent with the determination of a nation always yearning for excellent performance.

“You all, members of Team Nigeria, have ignited the spirit for victory in our nation, but even more, you have been victorious in major sporting championships and games.

“I have followed keenly your achievements at the World Championships in Oregon, U.S. and indeed your remarkable performance at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom. And I am very pleased that you displayed at both the personal and group levels great sporting talents and delivered for your country great podium performances,” he said.

President Buhari called out the names of the gold winners and other medal winners, including the world champion in the 100m hurdles, Tobiloba Amusan, Ese Brume, Blessing Oborodudu , Oluwafemiayo Folashade, Taiwo Liadi, Ikechukwu Obichukwu, Bose Omolayo, Favour Ofili, Nasiru Sule, Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi, Ebikewenimo Welson, Hannah Rueben and Elizabeth Oshoba.

Reiterating the commitment of this administration in providing the enabling environment for youths to ascend to the pinnacle of their chosen careers, the president expressed satisfaction with the impact the Adopt-An-Athlete Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports had on the performance of athletes.

He urged more private individuals and corporate organisations to support government’s investment in sports, which has been reclassified from being a recreational activity to being a business in line with modern practices worldwide.

Marvin Bracy beats Ferdinand Omanyala in Luzern

World champion silver medalist Marvin Bracy defeated Commonwealth Games Champion Ferdinand Omanyala at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Meeting, which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver level held on Tuesday (30) in Luzern, Switzerland.

This will be the first time that Bancy beats Africa fastest man after their three meetings. The American crossed the line first in a time of 10.17 with the Kenyan coming home second in 10.18 seconds.

Yasemin Can beats Eilish McColgan as she wins 2nd European 10000m title

Turkey’s Kenyan-born Yasemin Can piped at the Commonwealth champion Eilish McColgan to win her second 10,000m gold at the ongoing European Athletics Championships being held in Munich.

McColgan who is fresh from claiming the Commonwealth Games title took charge of the 25-lap race but Can hit the front with just under the 3000m to go ahead and command the race with a killer pace that the Briton could not handle crossing the finishing line with her career second fastest time of 30:32.57.

McColgan was forced to settle for silver 30:41.05.

The defending champion and World Marathon bronze medallist Lonah Chemtai Salpeter finished in third place and claiming bronze in a National Record time of 30:46.37.

Wycliffe Kinyamal writes history as the first athlete to win 800m race back to back

Kenya’s Wycliffe Kinyamal wrote history as he became the first in history to defend his title in the men’s 800m at the Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The 25 year-old defended his title after surging off the rest of the field to gift Kenya its fifth gold medal when he crossed the line 1:47.52 with Australia’s Peter Bol taking silver medal in 1:47.66.

England’s Ben Pattison took bronze after coming home in third in 1:48.25.

Mary Moraa outclass Keely Hodgkinson as she wins her first gold medal

World bronze medallist, Mary Moraa stunned Olympic and World silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson in women 800m finals on day nine of the Commonwealth Games held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The 22 year-old, who is also the World Under 18 400m silver medalist, pulled a powerful kick down the home straight to outlast Hodgkinson and cross the finish line in 1:57.07 with the latter taking silver in 1:57.40.

Scotland’s Muir closed the podium three finishes ahead of Jamaica’s Natoya Goule in 1:57.87

Abraham Kibiwot sweats for his 3000m Commonwealth Games Gold

The 2016 African bronze medallist, Abraham Kibiwot was made to work extra hard as he pushed to the wall before winning the 3,000m steeplechase gold at the Commonwealth Games being held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The 26 year-old who took charge of the race from the bell to the end was made to sweat for is victory by India’s Avinash Mukund Sable as they shoved each other at the tail end but Kibiwott managed to hold him off to cross the finish in 8:11.15 with Sable etching his name in the annals of Indian athletics history by winning the silver medal in a new personal best of 8:11.20.

Former World U20 champion, Amos Serem took bronze medal in 8:16.83.

Jackline Chepkoech wins the commonwealth Games 3000m steeplechase gold

World U20 champion, Jackline Chepkoech elevated her status as she bagged gold medal in the women 3,000m steeplechase race at the Commonwealth Games being held in Birmigham, United Kingdom.

The 18-year-old who ran alone after Celliphine Chespol withdrew due to knee injury, beat the Tokyo Olympic Games 3000m steeplechase champion, Peruth Jemutai from Uganda to win the gold in a time of 9:15.68.

Great Britain’s Elizabeth Bird was the surprise silver medallist with a time of 9:17.79, leaving Chemutai with no option but to bag the bronze medal in 9:23.24.

Celliphine Chespol withdraws from 3000m steeplechase finals

The 2018 African 3000m steeplechase champion, Celliphine Chespol has withdrawn from the ongoing commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The 23 year-old incurred a knee injury at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon which has forced her to pull out of the Birmingham Games.

This leaves the World U20 3000m steeplechase champion, Jackline Chepkoech to carry the Kenyan flag during the finals that will be held on Friday.

Jake Wightman has become the Commonwealth Games poster-boy aiming for golden hat-trick

Nearly-man Jake Wightman has assumed poster-boy status for these Commonwealth Games and he cannot believe it.

Born 50 miles up the road in Nottingham, the identical twin was an athletics page boy – but never the groom – until a month ago.

In the space of 24 incredible days, the Edinburgh-based 1,500 metres star took a huge leap from collecting minor medals in championships. He became British champion for the first time then flew to the United States and stunned the sport by landing the world title – as dad and coach Geoff provided the stadium commentary.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Wightman, Britain’s first 1,500m world champion since Steve Cram in 1983. “And pretty cool, because my Commonwealth and European bronze medals from 2018 were getting a bit extinct.

“I’m glad I’ve been able to refresh my CV and my dad can actually announce me as something else.”

So impressed was middle-distance legend Sebastian Coe that he believes there is “no reason” Wightman can’t complete a golden hat-trick – here in Birmingham and then at next month’s European Championships.

“Jake will know he has that opportunity,” said Coe of an athlete who has leapfrogged all the 1980s greats to No.3 in the all-time British rankings. “You have to say, putting the kiss of death on it, he has done the hardest one first.

“What Jake achieved in Eugene is a huge deal for British athletics. Absolutely massive. It’s great for him but I think the impact it will have psychologically on a lot of other really good middle-distance runners that we also have will be massive.

“Somebody needed to win something and Jake’s done that. I think that will give permission for the current generation to feel more emboldened in the championship arena.

“The next generation coming through have a role model now.”

Wightman, 28, intends to embrace the responsibility, starting here where he wears the Scottish vest, adding: “I hope I can be a lightning rod for others. “British and Scottish athletics is in such a good place at the moment.

“There’s a lot of people who should be pretty proud at what they did to set the ball rolling. And it’s not finished rolling yet.

“There’s more athletes coming through that will be able to hopefully be as good as this in the coming years.”

Scottish athletics is particularly strong coming into these Games with Laura Muir having delivered one of the most eye-catching performances in Eugene to take women’s 1,500m bronze.

Josh Kerr, Olympic 1,500m bronze medallist, was fifth behind Wightman while Eilish McColgan has broken three British records this year

Taki, Barsosio and Changwony sent back to Kenya for alleged doping malpractices

The 2016 world U20 1500m champion, Kumari Taki was shown the door from the Commonwealth Games after being suspected for doping malpractices.

Taki who started off his season with a bang in the men’s 1500m race at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games was sent back home from the Team Kenya camp in Birmingham together with two marathoners Stella Barsosio and Purity Changwony who were also stopped from competing on the eve of the women marathon.

The number of athletes who have been sent home has now increased to four after Philemon Kacheran Lokedi was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (exogenous Testosterone) (Article 2.1 and Article 2.2) which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.