Some new Champions are anticipated to emerge on the three-day occasion serving as nationwide trials for each the World Championships and Commonwealth Video games.
The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin Metropolis, Edo State, is about for continuous athletics motion from Friday all by the weekend for the 2022 Nigerian Athletics Championships.
The cream of Nigerian athletes are on the town to problem for honours, which implies followers are assured spectacular performances on the three-day occasion which can serve trials for subsequent month’s World Championships and Commonwealth Video games in August.
Talking forward of the three-day championship, former Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) President and Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Nigerian Athletics Championship, Solomon Ogba, stated: “We’re organizing a championship befitting our rising profile. I can not keep in mind the final time we produced three girls who’ve gone inside 11s within the 100m in a single 12 months or produced athletes that may break data as outdated because the athletes themselves.”
He added: “Final 12 months we had damaged 4 Nationwide Data (NR) within the dash and jumps. This 12 months, we’ve got had extra lengthy standing data damaged.
“Ezekiel Nathaniel (48.42s) broke Henry Amike’s 35-year-old 400m Hurdles file (48.50s) whereas Prosper Nnamdi’s 81.08m effort final month was 1cm higher than the 81.07m NR set by Pius Bazighe in 1999. Ofili additionally improved her 200m indoor to 22.46s and added the out of doors model. She ran 21.96s to develop into the primary Nigerian girl to go beneath 22s.”
As anticipated, the 100m males’s race is attracting an excessive amount of curiosity because it is among the occasions that might produce a beginner as champion.
Reigning African Video games 100m champion, Raymond Ekevwo, and reigning World U20 Athletics Championships 200m king Udodi Onwuzurike are main contenders for the nationwide title.
Whereas Onwuzirike is outrightly the quickest Nigerian male athlete this season at 10.03s, a few different sprinters are respiratory down his neck with 10.04s this season.
Ekevwo (10.04s), Alaba Akintola (10.04s) Ashe Favor (10.04s) and Usheoritse Itsekiri (10.09s) are all contenders able to springing surprises in Benin Metropolis.
Others to be careful for within the males’s 100m embody Godson Brume (10.12s), Seye Ogunlewe (10.20s), Sunday Akintan (10.23s) and Mabilo Nicholas (10.24s) amongst others.
Whereas Onwuzurike will face a fierce battle within the 100m occasion, he’s the overwhelming favourite within the 200m with a private finest (PB) of 20.08s.
The World Junior Champion, however, have the likes of Alaba Akintola (20.26s), Chidi Okezie (20.80s), and Fakorede Adekalu (20.87s) to take care of.
With the reigning Nationwide file holder within the girls’s 200m Favor Ofili out, the battle for supremacy will probably be between Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha within the dash races.
A couple of weeks in the past, Chukwuma and Nwokocha each clocked PBs of 10.99s and 10.97s on the NCAA Championships.
They duo even have spectacular 22.33s and 22.44s instances within the 200m respectively which simply places them ahead as title favorites within the absence of Ofili.
Each Chukwuma and Nwokocha had been finalists on the simply concluded NCAA Championships.
Within the girls’s 400m occasion, it is going to be a straight conflict between veteran, Endurance Okon and Nse Imaobong. Nse is the one Nigerian quartermiler to have hit the qualification normal for the World Championship in Oregon.
There may be additionally lots to look ahead to within the subject occasions the place continental champions Chukwuebuka Enekwechi will lead the road within the Shot Put and Sade Olatoye within the Hammer throw.
Whereas the duo of Princess Kara and Esther Osisike will slug it out within the Focus on, Nnamdi Chinecherem is the chances on favourite for the boys’s Javelin Occasion.
For the ladies’s Triple Bounce and Lengthy Bounce occasions, file holders Ruth Usoro and Ese Brume are those to beat in Benin Metropolis.
The lads’s Excessive Bounce is predicted to current an fascinating contest between Mike Edwards who’s the defending champion and Silver medallist from Mauritius (2.15m, SB), and MTSU’s Greatest Erhire (2.20m, SB). Nationwide Sports activities Pageant (NSF) gold medallist David Aya (2.05m, SB) can’t be written off and he’ll hope to enhance on his PB of two.16m.
The spotlight of Day 1 of motion within the historical metropolis of Benin will probably be within the Relay occasions the place Nigeria remains to be searching for qualification in a lot of the races.
Solely the Nigerian girls’s 4x100m and the combined relay groups have certified for Oregon 2022, whereas the boys’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay groups are but to qualify in addition to the ladies’s 4x400m relay crew.
Even the Nigerian girls’s 4x100m and the combined relay groups additionally want to enhance on their present rating to ensure qualification, because the nation is at the moment ranked sixteenth in each occasions, which implies the nation is occupying the final qualification spot.
No less than, 4 different African nations, Ghana, Botswana, Togo and the Benin Republic are anticipated to take part within the relay occasions alongside Nigeria.