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Track & Field is one of the biggest sports in Nigeria, alongside other sports like Football, Boxing, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Table Tennis etc.


Great Nigerian athletes are: Olusoji Fasuba, Blessing Okagbare (Current), Regina George (Current), Deji Aliu, Uchenna Emedolu, Francis Obikwelu, Glory Alozie, Mary Onyali, Chidi Imoh, Oluyemi Kayode, Innocent Egbunike, Sunday Bada just to name a few.
Nigeria's top track and field event is the Relays, followed by 100 metres, 200 metres and others

Nigeria has won 12 Global Relay Medals

  • 1) 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles (4x400m - Men) (Bronze)
    Athletes: Sunday Uti, Innocent Egbunike, Moses Ugbesien and Rotimi Peters
  • 2) 1992 Olympics in Barcelona (4x100m - Women) (Bronze)
    Athletes: Beatrice Utondu, Faith Idehen, Mary Onyali and Christy Opara-Thompson
  • 3) 1992 Olympics in Barcelona (4x100m - Men) (Silver)
    Athletes: Oluyemi Kayode (RIP), Chidi Imoh, Olapade Adeniken and Davidson Ezinwa
  • 4) 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg (4X400m - Men) (Bronze)
    Athletes: Udeme Ekpeyong, Kunle Adejuyibe, Jude Monye and Sunday Bada (RIP)
  • 5) 1996 Olympics in Atlanta (4x400m - Women) (Silver)
    Athletes: Fatima Yusuf, Charity Opara, Falilat Ogunkoya and Olabisi Afolabi
  • 6) 1997 World Championships in Athens (4x100m - Men) (Silver)
    Athletes: Osmond Ezinwa, Olapade Adeniken, Francis Obikwelu and Davidson Ezinwa
  • 7) 2000 Olympics in Sydney (4x400m - Men) (Gold)
    Athletes: Clement Chukwu, Jude Monye, Sunday Bada (RIP) and Enefiok Udo-Obong
  • 8) 2004 Olympics in Athens (4x100m - Men) (Bronze)
    Athletes: Olusoji Fasuba, Uchenna Emedolu, Aaron Egbele and Deji Aliu
  • 9) 2004 Olympics in Athens (4x400m - Men) (Bronze)
    Athletes: James Godday, Musa Audu, Saul Weigopwa and Enefiok Udo-Obong
  • 10) 2008 Olympics in Beijing (4x100m - Women) (Bronze)
    Athletes: Franca Idoko, Halimat Ismaila, Gloria Kemasuode and Oludamola Osayomi
  • 11) 2014 IAAF World Relays in Bahamas (4x400m - Women) (Bronze)
    Athletes: Folasade Abugan, Regina George, Omolara Omotoso, and Patience Okon George
  • 12) 2015 IAAF World Relays in Bahamas (4x200m - Women) (Gold)
    Athletes: Blessing Okagbare, Regina George, Dominique Duncan and Christy Udoh

* Commonwealth games do not count, as they are restricted to an historic bloc.

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Nigeria's Track & Field Competitors in the Commonwealth Games



100m/200m/4x100m Women
1. Blessing Okagbare

2. Gloria Asumnu

3. Dominique Duncan

4. Justina Sule

5. Deborah Odeyemi

6. Mariam Bassey

7. Christy Udo

100m Men

1. Mark Jelks

2. Mozavous Jolomi Edwards

3. Ogho Egwero

4. Seye Ogunlewe

5. Obinna Metu

6. Divine Oduduru

7. Peter Emelize

400m/4x400m Men (Probation)

1. Isah Salihu

2. Noah Akwu

3. Omeiza Akerele

4. Orukpe Erayokan

5. Abiola Onakoya

800m Women

1. Abiye David. (Probation)

800m Men

1. Sean Obinwa (Probation)

400m/4x400m Women

1. Patience Okon

2. Folashade Abugan

3. Omolara Omotosho

4. Regina George

5. Ada Benjamin

6. Funke Oladoye

100m Hurdles Women

1. Nicole Denby

2. Ugonna Ndu

110m Hurdles Men

1. Tyrone Akins

2. Alex Al-Ameen

3. Martins Ogheriakhi

400m Hurdles Women

1. Amaka Ogoegbunam

400m Hurdles Men

1. Christian Amaechi Morton

2. Rilwan Alowonle (Probation)

Long Jump Women

1. Blessing Okagbare

2. Ese Brume

Long Jump Men

1. Samson Idiata

2. Suleiman Hammed

1500m Men

1. Soudi Hamajan

Triple Jump Men

1. Tosin Oke

2. Olumide Olamigoke

Shot Put women

1. Nwaneka Okwelogu

Discus Women

1. Chinwe Okoro

Shot Put/Discus Men

1. Stephen Mozia

Hammer Women

1. Queen Obisesan (Probation)

Javelin Men

1. Kenechukwu Ejeofor
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Women's 200m IAAF Diamond League Paris 2014 Won by Blessing Okagbare

 

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I have updated the list above, following Nigeria's Gold Medal at the 2015 IAAF World Relays in the 4x200 (Womens)




WOMEN’S 4X200M – IAAF/BTC WORLD RELAYS, BAHAMAS 2015

There may have been world records and shock defeats in other events, but the women’s 4x200m was the most dramatic final on the first day of the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015.

Pre-event favourites USA looked to be on course to successfully defend their title from last year, after Shalonda Solomon, Kimberlyn Duncan and Jeneba Tarmoh had built up a comfortable lead on the first three legs.

But then disaster struck on the final changeover between Tarmoh and Allyson Felix. The Olympic 200m champion couldn’t quite get a solid grip on the baton as Tarmoh then bumped into her before Felix fell to the ground, their medal hopes dashed.

There was drama too for the host nation as their second changeover was well outside of the zone. The Bahamas carried on and eventually crossed the line in second place, but they were soon disqualified.

It meant that Nigeria were the surprise victors, winning in 1:30.52 to take two seconds off the national record they set earlier this year. World bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare led the team off before the baton was passed to Regina George, Dominique Duncan and Christy Udoh.

Jamaica finished a distant second in 1:31.73, one-and-a-half seconds slower than their time from last year, but one place higher on the podium.

Germany were third in 1:33.61 while China set an Asian record of 1:34.89 in fourth.

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It was Nigeria's National Record, African Record in the event and it is also the World Leading Time.

 

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Divine Oduduru is now the second fastest African of all time after Fasuba.

It is so easy to see how limiting the Nigerian environment is to success. I often say to Oasis that if Nigeria had this or that, we would dominate this or that area, and some might think I am just being boastful. But it is so easy to see. Clear as daylight.

The two fastest Nigerians of the past decade, Blessing Okagbare (fastest all time) and Divine Oduduru, what was the significant marker in their respective careers? The answer is simple! The American collegiate system!

Oduduru was making very little progress in his career, he goes to Texas Tech and all of a sudden he is the fastest man in the world in 2019!

Our government love making excuses, and even blaming individuals. Saying they are lazy or this or that. But it is a fact that Nigeria is holding back the youth.

Just ask ANY Nigerian athlete. Without the American collegiate system, Nigerian track and field is dead and buried.

So please, let us get the word out, get more investment into our sports so we can achieve our potential. This is not a theory, just asks Blessing Okagbare, just ask Divine Oduduru. We WILL dominate in track and field if the government simply do their job.

http://instagr.am/p/p%2FBzyo56_nm1z/
I hope Oduduru continues to represent Nigeria, even though we do not deserve him.
 

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This applies across the board. I support anyone that wants to leave sad as it is. Our talent in every realm is first class and they deserve a chance to showcase it
 

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Nigeria's Raymond Ekevwo Wins The 100 Metres To Become Africa's Fastest Man
He finished the race in 9.96 seconds!
For some time now, Nigeria has been in the backseat with regards to sprints in Africa, but the 2019 African Games has given the country a chance at redemption. Just yesterday, Raymond Ekevwo became the first Nigerian man to win the 100 metres at the competition since 2007.



(Photo: Fast Track via Twitter)

As most fans know, Divine Oduduru was listed for the 100 metres, but since he didn't arrive in Morocco on time, Ekevwo had to take his place. The athlete powered to the finish line in 9.96 seconds, ahead of Cote d'Ivoire's Arthur Cissé, who finished in 9.97 seconds.

According to Making of Champions, before the final race, Ekevwo was unbeaten through the rounds, as he recorded the overall fastest time of 10.20 seconds in the heats, as well as winning the semis in 10.26 seconds.

This personal best has now made him the second Nigerian to run the 100 metres in under 10 seconds this year, after Oduduru. And, since Ekevwo achieved it at the African Games, it's safe to say that he's now the fastest man in Africa.
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It's a big deal!

To put it into perspective, this is a list I made 8 years ago.

Fastest Personal Best Times Representing Nigeria.

Late 1980s - 1999

Seun Ogunkoya - 9.92 (1998)
Davidson Ezinwa - 9.94 (1994)
Olapade Adeniken - 9.95 (1994)
Daniel Effiong - 9.98 (1993)
Chidi Imoh - 10.00 (1986)
Bode Osagiobare - 10.01 (1994)
Innocent Asonze - 10.04 (1997)
Osmond Ezinwa - 10.05 (1996)
Sunday Emmanuel - 10.14 (1999)
Oluyemi Kayode - 10.17 (1992)

2000 - 2012

Olusoji Fasuba - 9.85 (2006)
Deji Aliu - 9.95 (2003)
Uchenna Emedolu - 9.97 (2003)
Francis Obikwelu - 9.97 (2000)
Ogho-Oghene Egwero - 10.06 (2011)
Tamunosiki Atorudibo - 10.07 (2004)
Egbele Aaron - 10.11 (2004)
Obinna Metu - 10.11 (2012)
Adetoyi Durotoye - 10.14 (2008)
Emelieze Peter - 10.18 (2011)

Basically with Okagbare, Oduduru and Ekevwo we are once again competitive in the 100m sprints.

Nigerian athletics basically died in the mid 2000s, but it has shown some bright spots of late, they just need investment that is all. Nigerian athletic talent is creme de la creme.
 

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and it is imperative that they get that funding. Ivory Coast and South Africa should not be our equals in the sprints.

On another note, even ITSEKIRI Usheoritse Ese almost went sub 10. I remember it was not too long ago I was desperately waiting for any Nigerian to go sub 10 (again).
 
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Athletics: Nigerian pair cleared to race in 200 meters after rules confusion


DOHA (Reuters) - Nigerian pair Divine Oduduru and Blessing Okagbare have been reprieved after an apparent bureaucratic mix-up and will race in the men’s and women’s 200 meters races respectively at the world athletics championships.


The pair were both entered in the 100 meters even though they had said they did not intend to take part. Under IAAF rules, they were then barred from the rest of the competition for failing to turn up for the races.

However, on Sunday the IAAF jury said it accepted their appeal and agreed to reinstate them. “Oduduru and Okabare will be added to the start lists of round one of the 200 men and women respectively” it said in a statement.

Oduduru then made the most of his reprieve as he finished fourth in his heat to qualify for the semi-finals as one of the fastest losers.

“I won’t lie to you. I had a sleepless night. I was up all night thinking. Then devastated.” he told reporters.
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Salwa Eid Naser (pictured below), who won the 400 meters gold medal at the just-concluded World Athletics Championships in Doha, with the 3d fastest time in history, was born and raised in Nigeria. Her birth name is Ebele Agbapuonwu, and she is from Anambra State where she started running in secondary school.

She is formerly a Nigerian secondary schools champion as recently as 2013 (at the schools championships held in Calabar), but switched to Bahraini nationality the following year in 2014 to represent Bahrain in the World Youth Games. She subsequently reportedly became Muslim and changed her name.



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Salwa Eid Naser (pictured below), who won the 400 meters gold medal at the just-concluded World Athletics Championships in Doha, with the 3d fastest time in history, was born and raised in Nigeria. Her birth name is Ebele Agbapuonwu, and she is from Anambra State where she started running in secondary school.

She is formerly a Nigerian secondary schools champion as recently as 2013 (at the schools championships held in Calabar), but switched to Bahraini nationality the following year in 2014 to represent Bahrain in the World Youth Games. She subsequently reportedly became Muslim and changed her name.


*Picture Credit: IAAF.org
Her father is Bahraini so she is perfectly entitled to represent Bahrain.

https://www.iaaf.org/news/feature/salwa-eid-naser-400m
 

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The entire Bahraini bronze medal wining mixed 4X400m mixed relay are Nigerians by birth even their head coach is Nigerian. All these Athletes and coaches need is good environment and financial compensation and they will deliver.

Unfortunately Nigeria is not the place for them so the rightfully chose some place else. Just look at the mess that Blessing and Devine have to go through because they want to represent Nigeria.
 

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I’ve read conflicting things. Looking at her picture and original last name I find it hard to believe she has a father from Bahrain.



Her father is not Bahrainian, She also bleached her skin. Go watch her earlier videos.

She's a disgrace, when Blessing Okgbare (Our Urhobo queen) won her meet in the U.S they both raced in, Naser didn't look at her or congratulate her.
 

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The entire Bahraini bronze medal wining mixed 4X400m mixed relay are Nigerians by birth even their head coach is Nigerian. All these Athletes and coaches need is good environment and financial compensation and they will deliver.

Unfortunately Nigeria is not the place for them so the rightfully chose some place else. Just look at the mess that Blessing and Devine have to go through because they want to represent Nigeria.
Nonsense, they just sold their soul for a passport. There are Nigerians in U.S universities and represent Nigeria. Where do you think Jamaicans, Bahamian or Trinidad sprinters go to school and race? The U.S.
 

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The entire Bahraini bronze medal wining mixed 4X400m mixed relay are Nigerians by birth even their head coach is Nigerian. All these Athletes and coaches need is good environment and financial compensation and they will deliver.

Unfortunately Nigeria is not the place for them so the rightfully chose some place else. Just look at the mess that Blessing and Devine have to go through because they want to represent Nigeria.
Their sprint coach who is a Nigerian seems to agree with you :)

 

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very sad indeed. Nigeria should control track and field instead we bleed athletes. however, those that left should not thumb their nose at the nation but help those they left behind. we get it the nation is badly run so until then it'd be good to see them offer some contribution
 
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