African Athletics Championship: Enekwechi wins first gold for Nigeria

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi has won the first gold medal for Nigeria at the ongoing 23rd African Athletics Championships in Douala, pounding out a Championship Record of 21.20m to win.

The Nigeria champion completes a hat-trick of African Championship titles, having won in Asaba and Morocco, Eneckwechi is now tied for the most gold medals by a male Shot Putter in the history of the Championships.

In the other events concluded on Day One of the championships, Favour Ofili of Nigeria clocked a time of 11.22s to win her 100m heat and advance to the semis.

Another Nigerian athlete Olayinka Olajide clocked 11.67s to win the 100m heat and also progress to the semi-final while the newly crowned Nigerian 100m Champion, Kanyinsola Ajayi clocked a time of 10.21secs to win the 100m heat.

The African Athletics Championships is a continental athletics event organized by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), the continental association for the sport in Africa.

Meanwhile, Tobi Amusan, World record holder in the women’s 100m hurdles and Favour Ofili, 2024 Nigeria National Trials women’s 100m winner have assured that Nigerian athletes will make the nation proud at the Confederation of African Seniors Athletics Championship in Cameroon. 

Recall that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) had announced a strong list of 40 athletes to represent the country at the Championship in Cameroon. 

Tobi Amusan, Favour Ofili Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, and Chidi Okezie are some of Nigeria’s biggest stars in Douala. 

According to Amusan; “We are Nigerians, and we are going to Douala to show that spirit of ‘we can do it.”

Ofili said: “I am confident we will top the medals table in Douala.”

About 750 athletes from 50 countries are expected to compete for honours in 45 events at the six Championships that started in 1979 in Dakar, Senegal.

Team Nigeria Athletics is in Douala, Cameroon with 40 athletes, 20 male and 20 female and they are to compete in 20 events.