AFN Lists Brume, Amusan, Others For African Athletics Championships

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The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has listed 53 athletes for the 22nd African Athletics Championships, led by Ese Brume, Tobi Amusan,  Chioma Onyekwere and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, with the tournament scheduled to hold between June 8 and 12, 2022, in Mauritius.

Amusan will be competing in two individual events and the 4x100m relay. She will also compete in the women’s 100m alongside Godbless Seikeseye and Praise Ofoku, as well as in the 100m hurdles where she will be defending the title she first won in Asaba four years ago at the 21st edition of the championships.

Chioma Onyekwere will be seeking her second Discus title after clinching the gold medal four years ago in Asaba. Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist, Ese Brume will be gunning for a fourth straight long jump title after winning in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Ese Brume

Shot Putter, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi will also be defending the event’s title he won in Asaba with a new 21.08m Championships record. Also on the list is Orobosa Frank, who is the top ranked African so far this year in the women’s Shot Put with her 17.21m effort at the AFN All Comers competition in Benin in March;

The list also features Oyesade Olatoye in the women’s Hammer throw; Fadekemi Olude in the women’s 10km walk; and Patience Okon George, bronze medal winner in the 400m event in 2014.

For the men, reigning African Games 100m champion Raymond Ekevwo will lead Seye Ogunlewe and Nicholas Mabilo as Nigeria will be seeking to return to the podium as champions, 12 years after Olusoji Fasuba was crowned the African speed king for the third straight time.

Reigning African Games 100m champion Raymond Ekevwo

AFN Technical Director, Samuel Onikeku, said the athletes have been carefully selected based on their performances in both the local and international athletics circuit. He gave assurances that the athletes selected would do the nation proud in Mauritius.

“Some of our student athletes in the United States like Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Imaobong Uko, Favour Ashe, Udodi Onwuzurike, Nathaniel Ezekiel, Alaba Akintola, and Nnamdi Prosper have qualified for the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships scheduled to hold in Eugene, Oregon, USA between June 8 and 11, 2022,” said Onikeku

“They will not be available for the African Athletics Championships, hence the decision to pick the bulk of the team from athletes based at home.”

Nigeria tops the all-time medals table with a total of 368 medals made up of 155 Gold, 122 Silver, and 91 Bronze medals.

At the 21st edition in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria won a total of 20 medals made up of nine Gold, five Silver and six Bronze medals to finish third on the medals table behind Kenya and South Africa.

Complete List Of Nigerian Athletes

WOMEN 100M

Godbless Tima Seikeseye, Praise Ofoku, Tobi Amusan

WOMEN 200M

Praise Idamadudu, Godbless Tima Seikeseye

WOMEN 400M

Patience Okon, Praise Idamadudu, Opeyemi Oke

WOMEN 100M HURDLES

Tobi Amusan, Miracle Thompson, Joy Abu

WOMEN 400M HURDLES

Abasiano Akpan, Sarah Ochigbo.

WOMEN HEPTATHLON

Kemi Francis

WOMEN 10KM RACEWALK

Fadekemi Olude

WOMEN DISCUS

Choima Onyekwere, Obiageri Amechi, Princess Kara

WOMEN SHOT PUT

Anabel Orobosa, Sade Olatoye

WOMEN HAMMER

Sade Olatoye, Queen Obisesan

WOMEN HIGH JUMP

Temitope Adesina

WOMEN TRIPLE JUMP

Mercy Honesty

Onara Obamuwagun

WOMEN LONG JUMP

Ese Brume, Ruth Agadama.

WOMEN 4X100M

Godbless Tima Seikeseye, Tobi Amusan, Praise Ofoku, Ese Brume, Ruth Agadama, Yakubu Bilikis, Joy Abu.

WOMEN 4X400M

Patience Okon, Ella Onojuvwewo, Opeyemi Deborah Oke, Praise Idamadudu, Osunobun Queen, Osaretin Joy Usunbor, Joy Abu.

MEN 100M

Seye Ogunlewe, Raymond Ekewvwo, Nicholas Mabilo.

MEN 200M

Fakorede Nicholas Adekalu, Chidi Okezie.

MEN 400M

Samson Nathaniel, Adeyemi Sikiru, Chidera Johnson.

MEN 110M HURDLES

Prosper Ekporere, Abejoye Oyeniyi, Alex Al-Ameen

MEN 400M HURDLES

Rilwan Alowonle

MEN DECATHLON

Osadolor Samuel

MEN DISCUS

Ugeoke Vicent

MEN JAVELIN

Adams Kure Samuel

MEN SHOT PUT

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Dotun Ogundeji.

MEN LONG JUMP

Tobechukwu Emmanuel, Nwokpcha Ineh Emmanuel Oritsemeyiwa.

MEN TRIPLE JUMP

Kalu Chidozie Ikenga

MEN HIGH JUMP

David Aya

MEN 4X100M

Seye Ogunlewe, Raymond Ekwevwo, Oghene Ogho Egwero, Fakorede Nicholas Adekalu, Mabilo Nicholas, Karlington Anunagba.

4X400M

Samson Nathaniel, Adewale Sikiru, Nnamani Johnson, Chidera Ayo, Toritseju Adeola, Ifeanyi Emmanuel Ojeli, Chidi Okezie.

4X400M MIXED RELAY

Nathaniel Samson, Ifeanyi Ojeli, Sikiru Adeyemi, Patience Okon, Opeyemi Oke, Idamadudu Praise.

 

Chidi Nwoke/AFN.


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