“ABIDJAN 2019” OPENS WITH COLOURFUL CEREMONY AS TEAM NIGERIA OPENS MEDALS’ ACCOUNT
The 2019 AFRICAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP CAA AFRICAN U18 & U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS “Abidjan 2019” began on a colourful note on Tuesday at the STADE FELIX HOUPHOUET BOIGNY in ABIDJAN, COTE I’VOIRE with TEAM NIGERIA parading a contingent of 89 athletes and officials, the largest in the Championships.
MOROCCO won the first gold medal in the women’s 1500m race while KENYA won gold in the boys category.
TEAM NIGERIA opened her medals’ account in the boys high jump event with BEST ERHIRE winning Nigeria’s first gold medal with a Personal best of 2.08metres.
An elated ATHLETICS FEDERATION OF NIGERIA AFN, Technical Director, SUNDAY ADELEYE, President of AFN SHEHU GUSAU, former President SOLOMON OGBA and former Technical Director COMMODORE NESIAMA were on ground to congratulate gold medallist BEST ERHIRE.
In other events Nigeria’s SHADRACK AKPEKI won his heat in the men 400m with a time of 47.49s while teammate NSIKAK FRANCIS came second in the second heat.
VICTOR AKHALU also won his 400m heat with a time of 47.96s as another Nigerian FATOLA ADEDOYIN came fourth in his heat.
FAVOUR OFILI, Nigeria’s only representative in the women 400m won her heat 2 with a season best of 53.75s.
The CAA U18 AND U20 CHAMPIONSHIP will run through the 16th of April to 20 April 2019.