Posted by News Express | 13 August 2014 | 4,519 times
The Marrakech 2014 African Athletics Championships end tomorrow in Morocco with Team Nigeria track and field team looking good to retain the African title won at the Port Nuovo 2012 edition in Benin Republic.
Before the commencement of today’s events at the Great Stadium of Marrakech, Team Nigeria on top of the table with six gold medals, four silver and four bronze medals. South Africa followed closely with five gold medals, four silver and one bronze medal. Kenya was a distant third with two gold medals, one silver and five bronze medals.
The women 400m hurdles gold medal will be a straight fight between Nigeria and South Africa, ditto for the men long jump, but Nigeria is favoured to win the women 4x400m relay, shot-put women, 110m hurdles, triple jump women, the walk events and the men 4x400m.
Team Technical Coordinator Yussuf Alli is optimistic that Nigeria will win the championships.
His words: “Before we came here, I told journalists in Glasgow that we shall win the championships with about 11 or 12 gold medals. I still believe we can do it. Day one and day two, South Africa had four gold medals, we won just one, some people were panicking, but I wasn’t bothered, and the third day, we won five gold medals. By Thursday evening, I am confident we shall retain the title we won in Benin Republic two years ago,” Alli this afternoon in Marrakech.
•Photo shows track queen Blessing Okagbare powering home to win gold . . . yesterday at the Marrakech 2014 African Athletics Championships in Morocco.
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