Another Nigerian athlete secures Olympic Games qualifying standard

..Temitope Adeshina gets Olympic standard at NCAA meet, sets new national record in women's high jump

Another Nigerian athlete secures Olympic Games qualifying standard
…Temitope Adeshina gets Olympic standard at NCAA meet, set new national record in women’s high jump

As the date for the highly anticipated National Athletics Trails in Benin City, Edo State, draws closer, USA based athIetes are sending a strong signal that it’s a fight to finish confrontation in the culture capital of Nigeria.

At the weekend, a good number of them returned very good time and heights at the closing NCAA championship and other meetings in the USA.

One of such athIetes is women’s high jumper, Temitope Adeshina who inked her name is the history book with a jump of 1.97m at the NCAA championship in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

She erased the previous mark of 1.96m Personal Best she achieved in January 2024 to fulfill her goal and dream of participating at the 2024 Olympics.

The Texas Tech’s student made three attempts at clearing 2.00m but went home with the bronze behind Ghana’s Rose Yeboah and Elena Kulichenko on count back.

Speaking on her new exploit to Mainland News, high jump coach Kola Adebayo, stated that the best is yet to come for the athlete.

“She can definitely break 2.00m before the Olympics. All she needs is just little push and she will get there.”

Fovour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Tima Godbless and Tobi Amusan are other Nigeria athletics amazons who recorded good results over the weekend.

In the men’s 100m, Favour Ashe did 9.99 seconds, Kanyinsola Ajayi was not far off with 10.01 seconds and Godson Brume 10.02 seconds.

Samuel Ogazi, delivered another excellent performance in his young career in a time of 44.52 seconds in the men’s 400m.

The University of Alabama student said, he was not expecting that result that gave him a second place podium finish.
“I never expect I will run this race this fast but when it came I grabbed it, thanks to the Almighty God and my coach.”

Despite this fine timing by the athIetes, all of them are expected to grace the National Trails scheduled for the 16th to the 18th of this month at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.

That is were members of Team Nigeria Athletics to the seniors African Athletics Championship in Douala, Cameroon and the Paris Games will be selected from.

The Technical Director of the athIetics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Samuel Onikeku, emphasized that the Federation has zero tolerance when it comes to selecting members of Team Nigeria Athletics.

“We have athIetes that have already met the Olympic Games qualifying standard and many are yet to qualify,
that is why the AFN Paris Olympic Trials and CAA Senior AthIetics Championships in Cameroon is crucial.”

Here are some good time recorded by Nigerian athletes over the weekend in different competitions across America.

Men’s 100m
Favour Ashe – 9.99s
Kanyinsola Ajayi – 10.01s
Godson Brume – 10.02s

Women’s 100m
Tima Godbless – 11.08
Rosemary Chukwuma – 11.16s
Favour Ofili – 11.18s

Women’s 100m hurdles
Tobi Amusan – 12.66s

Men’s 400m
Samuel Ogazi – 44.52s

Men’s 400m hurdles
Ezekiel Nathaniel – 48.88s

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