Youth Olympics gold medalist, Rosemary Chukwuma has qualified for the African Games by running a time of 11.53s to win the women 100m finals at the African Games trials which started on Tuesday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
The three-day event is used to select local-based athletes to represent Nigeria at this year’s African Games to be held in Casablanca, Morocco on August 23 to September 3.
Chukwuma, 2019 National Sports Festival gold medalist, narrowly beat Joy Udo-Gabriel to second place with a time of 11.56s while Blessing Ogundiran ran a season best (SB) time of 11.64s to come in third.
Emmanuel Arowolo won the 100m finals with a time of 10.43s. Alaba Akintola and Enoch Adegoke crossed the finish line in an identical 10.48s, to finish 2nd & 3rd respectively.
The African Games qualifying time for the men 100m event is 10.44s while the women’s event is 11.94s.
In one of the outstanding performances of day 1, young middle distance runner, Yinka Bamtefa clocked a brilliant 4:54.07s to win the women’s 1500m final, 9s ahead of Hannah Adewale in 2nd place with 5:03.51s and Maria Mandung in 5:16.99s.
African Junior Champion Princess Kara won the Discus event with another personal best throw of 50.57m, beating the African Games qualifying throw of 48.00m. Esther Osisike (44.97m) and Onome Ogbeni (43.89m) came second and third respectively.
Rose Akuso won the Women’s 10,000m race, crossing the finish line with the time of 36:16.11s.