Team Nigeria hopes to upstage South Africa and come out tops at the competition.
The Nigeria delegation at the on-going 19th edition of the African Athletics Championships taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, will be seeking a strong finish as the five-day track and field event ends on Thursday night.
Currently trailing South Africa on the medals table, Team Nigeria is in seven finals where they hope to rake in more medals to upstage the South Africans in the final standings.
Leading the chase for a harvest of medals on Thursday was the duo of Chinwe Okoro and Nwanneka Okwelogu, who will both be competing in the shot put women final.
Okoro interestingly won the gold medal in the women’s discus event and she is seen as a clear favourite to get the shot put gold medal on Thursday.
Also Blessing Ibrahim will be competing in the triple jump event where Nigeria’s Tosin Oke settled for silver thus losing the title he won two years ago in Port Novo, Benin Republic.
Other events in which Nigeria would be hoping for some glory include the relays, where the men and women’s team will be racing in the 4x400m.
As at the time of filing this report, South Africa has amassed nine gold, five silver and three bronze medals. Team Nigeria has seven gold, six silver and five bronze medals.
Schedule for Thursday, August 14
5.45 p.m.: Shot put women final – Chinwe Okoro and Nwanneka Okwelogu
5.50 p.m.: Triple Jump women final – Blessing Ibrahim
6.10 p.m.: 400m Hurdles Women final – Amaka Ogoegbunam
6.25 p.m.: 200m Women final – Gloria Asumnu, Dominique Duncan and Regina George
6.35 p.m.: 200m Men final – Divine Oduduru
8.45 p.m.: 4x400m Relay Women final
9.25 p.m.: 4x400m Relay Men final