Against all odds, the Athletics Federations of Nigeria is hopeful of participating in the (IAAF) World Championships billed for August 4-13 in London. Twelve athletes including Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume, Patience Okon-George, Yinka Ajayi, Margaret Bamgbose, Onome Nathaniel have been penciled down by the (AFN) to participate. Others are Samson Nathaniel, Emerald Egwin, Abike Egbeniyi, Chukwuebuka Enekwachi and Edose Ibadin.
Okagbare-Ighoteguonor,who will be making her fourth competitive appearance at the Worlds will compete in the 100m and long jump events.
The six-time Nigeria 100m champion won a long jump silver and a 200m bronze in her second appearance at the championships four years ago in Moscow,Russia. Amusan, who has the best African time of 12.57 will be aiming to be in the medals podium and beat Gloria Alozie’s all-time African best 12.44 seconds.
Another athlete who will be in the eye of the storm is Brume who placed fifth at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio Brazil. Enekwachi will be competing in the Shot Put event following his impressive 21.07m throw almost a fortnight ago in Cork, Republic of Ireland while Edose will compete in the 800m and become in the process, the first Nigerian man to compete in the two full laps race in the history of the championships. Edose holds a personal season’s best of 1:45.87 which is a Nigerian record and makes him only the second Nigerian to run inside 1:46 seconds in the event.