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ASABA 2018: Kenya settles for 4x100m bronze

Kenya won its first ever Africa 4x100m relay medal as the Kenyan quartet settled for bronze at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria on Friday.

The quartet of Eunice Kadogo, Millicent Ndoro, Joan Cherono and Freshia Mwangi held on for the last podium finish place relay in 45.58 seconds.

Five times Africa gold medalist Blessing Okagbare led Nigeria for the gold medal in 43.77 as Cote d’Ivoire settled for silver in 43.77.

Team Nigeria consisting of Joy Udo-Gabriel, Blessing Okagbare, Tobi Amusan and Rosemary Chukwuma got the home crowd cheering to their highest decibes as they brought home the coveted gold.

Kenya’s men’s 4x100m relay team of Peter Mwai, Mike Mokamba, Alphas Kishoyan and Mark Otieno finished fifth to go home empty handed.

We did not receive visa application from AFN, says Finland Embassy

The Embassy of Finland in Nigeria has described as false reports in the Nigerian media that they were responsible for the inability of three young Nigerian athletes to travel for the just ended 17th IAAF World U-20 Championship in Tampere, Finland.

Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Secretary General, Amaechi Akawo, had revealed three days before the start of the championship that the federation was having difficulties in securing entry visas for sprinters, Joy Udo-Gabriel and Enoch Adegoke as well as long jumper, Arinze Benjamin.

The Embassy of Finland has however stated that they did not receive any correspondent from the AFN about the championship, and did not receive any request for visas.

‘The Embassy has actually not received any visa applications related to the said sports event,’ said Mirva Kulmala, Third Secretary, Embassy of Finland upon enquiry.

Meanwhile Kenya topped the medals table for the championship which ended last Sunday with a total of 11 medals made of six gold, four silver and one bronze medals followed by Jamaica with four gold, five silver and three bronze medals.


Visa hitch forces Nigeria to miss World U20 Championships in Tampere

Nigeria will not be competing at the 2018 World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, after the Athletics Federation of Nigeria failed to secure visas for the three athletes scheduled to represent the country at the event.

The competition of World Juniors commences today with an attendance of over 1,462 athletes from 158 countries competing in 44 events.

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria named Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Joy Udo-Gabriel, Enoch Adegoke and long jumper Benjamin Arinze as the country’s representatives at the biennial event.

An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The athletes need Schengen visas to travel to Finland but as of Friday, the AFN has yet to secure the visas. It means the athletes will not travel for the competition’, she added.

The three athletes had been scheduled to travel to Finland on Friday but Udo-Gabriel was seen competing in the women’s 100m heats at the National Championships in Abuja on Saturday. Adegoke also competed in the men’s 100m heats at the competition.

However, athletes staged a protest demanding the removal of AFN Technical Director Sunday Adeleye, who is also their representative on the board.

The Secretary General of the federation Amaechi Akawo refused to give any comment on the issue, promising to get back, but failed to do by the time of this publication.

Ahead of the competition, Adegoke is ranked the fifth fastest junior athlete following the 10.19secs he ran at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April. Udo-Gabriel is also ranked seventh in the top 10 of the fastest junior women after she ran 11.42secs at the Commonwealth Games in April.