Bayelsa Athletes Shine In Asaba

In a bid to the ongoing Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN)/MOC National Trials in Asaba, Delta State has recorded great wins, which Athletes from Bayelsa state participated in it.

For Junior Boys 100 metre, Team Bayelsa athlete, Tejiri Godwin emerged as the champion in this category, holding off Precious Aina to claim the first position in the final with a time of 11.04s (-2.2), while Aina settled for 2nd position in 11.09s, then Michael David got 3rd with a time of 11.20s.

The youth category, Ekowei-born 15 year old Perezide Sigah, dazzled on the tartan track from her heat up until the final to win the 100m title ahead of the National Youth Games champion, Lucy Nwankwo in a time of 12.51s.

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Nwankwo settled for 2nd place, running a new Personal Best of 12.66s, while Olatundun Muhammed-Raji came in 3rd, crossing the line in 12.72s.

In the Long Jump Junior, Opinion Ebitimi Precious, won the male category with a jump of 7.35 metres. While for the 400m Junior, Goodluck Johnbull, powered home to 3rd position in the group A final.

The Vice-Chairman of the Bayelsa State Athletics Association, Dr. Kola Oredipe, who was at the National Athletics trials in Asaba, told newsmen that Bayelsa State was on a journey to return as power house of athletics in Nigeria.

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Oredipe, who was in Asaba to motivate the athletes said the investments of the state government in track and field events were beginning to pay up, insisting that the coaches are working hard to produce more champions after Linda Eseimokumoh, Gloria Kemasuode, Tima Godbless and Victory Godah.

“Look at that 15-year old, Pere, a young girl, already dazzling on the track. She has got so much potential. The Association under the chairmanship of Godwin Oghogho, is getting it right at the moment. We are happy with the performance of our athletes to this national trial. We will continue to support the athletes in terms of training and welfare as well as provide more platforms for them to compete”, he said.

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By Owunna Goodness, Bayelsa