Day three of the African Athletics Championships brought joy for Nigeria as Ese Brume, Chioma Onyekwere and the women 4x100m quartet featuring Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor all won gold to increase Nigeria’s tally to five.
Brume set the tone in the long jump event she was tipped to win, putting in an impressive display as she recorded her second best performance of the season with a 6.83m effort to clinch the gold on the fourth jump. She did 6.74m in the second jump.
Onyekwere was too hot to handle in the women discus throw as she heaved 58.09m to win the gold, while compatriot Chinwe Okoro settled for silver with 57.37m. Senekal Ischke of South Africa was third with 53.82m.
But the biggest roar of the day came when the women 4x100m stepped into the fray. Joy Udo Gabriel started, Okagbare-Ighoteguonor seconded, Tobi Amusan – Nigeria’s first gold winner at the games – gave it a leg, while Rosemary Chukwu finished it off with yards to spare in a devastating display of speed and coordination.
Despite Marie Josee Ta Lou’s effort to close the gap, the Nigerian team was already home and dry at 43.77 seconds as the games enter day four.
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