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13th African Games: Nigeria opens athletics accounts with 2 gold, bronze medals

Posted : 20 March 2024

Team Nigeria Athletics, on the second day of the Athletics event, opens their account with two gold medals as Ruth Usoro and Chukwuebuka Enekewchi won the first batch of athletics gold medals for Nigeria at the ongoing 13th African Games at the University of Ghana, Accra, bringing relief to Nigerian athletics coaches who had looked forward to that moment all evening.

Rabat 2019 African Games Shot Put champion, Enekwechi, threw 21.06m to clinch the gold in the shot put as he beat the challenge from the Egyptian duo of Mostapha Hassan and Mohamed Magdi Hamza who posted throws of 20.70m and 20.29m respectively.

Another Nigerian, Moses Emeka Ugwu, who also contested in the final, threw 16.43m to place fifth.

Also in the Women's Category, Nigeria's Sade took the bronze in the hammer throw with 68.92m. She was beaten by Algerians Zaha Tatar, who took the gold with 69.65m, and Zouina Bouzebra, who threw 68.97m.

Nigeria's triple jump sensation, Usoro, was the cynosure of all eyes as she leaped a jump of 13.80m. She will be back to contest the women's long jump where compatriots Ese Brume and Pristina Oluchi Ochonogor will also be present to make their case for the gold.


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