Five African champions to compete at 2013 Athletics Championships in Calabar

Blessing Okagbare

The All Nigeria Athletics Championship will commence next Wednesday.

As many as five reigning African champions will be competing at the 2013 edition of the Cross River state-sponsored All Nigeria Athletics Championship.

The competition starts next Wednesday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

Leading the pack from last year’s African Championships in Athletics is Olympics long jump medalist, Blessing Okagbare, who picked the gold medal at the biennial African tourney last year in Port Novo, Benin Republic.

Okagbare will be hoping to extend her record as the first Nigerian woman to win the 100 metre gold medal five times consecutively.

Also confirmed for the flagship event of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria is another sprinter, Gloria Asumnu. She will be competing in her third national championships following her change in allegiance from USA, her country of birth, to Nigeria, her country of origin.

Asumnu will be joined by 400 metres barrier runner, Muizat Odumosu, who will be defending her title at the championships; while field eventer, Okoro Chinwe, who won two gold medals at the last African championships will also be aiming to make two podium appearances in Calabar.

Triple jumper, Tosin Oke, twice African champions in the event has also been confirmed for the Calabar festival of athletics.

This year’s championships will be used to select Nigeria’s team to the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics this August in Moscow, Russia.

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