As many as six reigning All Africa Games champions will show up at the 66th edition of the Cross River State/All Nigeria Open Athletics Championships next month at the U.J Esuene stadium in Calabar.
Leading the class of these African champions is double African queen, Oludamola Osayomi, who will be hoping to regain the national 100m crown she lost in 2008 to Blessing Okagbare.
Osayomi, who won the 100m and 200m titles in Maputo last year at the 10th All Africa Games will be itching to stop Okagbare, who won the long jump title in Maputo from creating history as the first sprinter in recent memory to win the Blue Ribband event four times consecutively.
Last year at the 65th edition of the championships, Okagbare joined the class of Mary Onyali and Endurance Ojokolo who won the event three times back-to-back.
Also expected to storm Calabar is African and Commonwealth triple jump king,Tosin Oke who will be defending the title he won last year. Oke, a former British junior international has had a remarkable change in fortune since he switched his allegiance to Nigeria four years ago.
Another African champion who will be expected to add colour and class to the championship is sprint hurdles queen, Seun Adigun who like Oke switched allegiance to Nigeria only a few years ago.
Adigun, a Kinesiology graduate from University of Houston in the USA is the reigning national and African champion and she will have Jessica Ohanaja to contend with, if she is desirous to make gold number three at the championships.
The National High jump queen, Doreen Amata, who successfully defended her All Africa Games crown in Maputo last year will also be around to defend the national title she reclaimed only last year after surrendering it without a fight in 2010 due to procreation.
All African Games 400m hurdles queen, Ajoke Muizat Odumosu, will complete the line-up of African champions who will be in Calabar come next month.
Odumosu, currently the fastest Nigerian over the 400m barrier run, will also be in town to defend the national title she won