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Nigerians fumble at Abuja Grand Prix

The dismal showing of the Nigerian representatives at the annual sports fiesta paved way for foreign athletes to cart away about 80 percent of the…

The dismal showing of the Nigerian representatives at the annual sports fiesta paved way for foreign athletes to cart away about 80 percent of the top prizes at stake.

The Nigerian athletes, including current African track queen, Daramola Osayemi failed to impress as at the country only recorded three top spot victories in the 100 metres hurdles women, 400 metres women and the men’s 4×100 metres relay.   

Toyin Augustus and Folashade Abugan were the only individual Nigerian athletes to have won their events, beating the rest to the first position in the women’s 100 metres hurdles, and 400 meters women, while the country’s Team A came tops in the 4×100 metres for men.

Abugan returned 51.44 seconds to win the women’s 400 metres, while Osayemi’s 11.40 seconds was not enough to beat Hackett’s time of 11.33 seconds.

Charles Fredrick of Germany recorded 16.77 to win the men’s triple jump, while Joyce Zakari of Kenya and Mite Ben Youssef of Cote D’Ivoire won the 400 metres women and 100 metres men with a time of 51.56 and 10.21 seconds respectively.

Ahmed Elradi of Sudan came first in the 5000 metres men with 14.15.00 seconds, Barihalevente Adrian of Romania won the men’s javelin, USA duo of Frances Koons and Kellyn Johnson won the first and second positions respectively in the women’s 1500 metres, Baloi Onalena of Botswana returned 1.48.21 to emerged victorious in the men’s 800 metres, while African current record holder Gary Kukaya of Congo Democratic Republic won in the 400 metres men.