National champion, stakeholders laud Zaria Grand Prix 

National 400m champion, Samuel Ogazi has lauded Zaria Grand Prix for creating opportunities for established and upcoming athletes to showcase their talents, noting that the 2023 edition has prepared them for the national trials. 

The Zaria Grand Prix took place place at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria Sport Complex on Sunday with great performance from already established athletes and upcoming ones. There were only 10 Grand Prix events, which saw the athlete putting in their best, as they saw it as a preamble to the national trials in Benin, Edo state for the World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary next month. 

Ogazi, the ex-Air Force Secondary School, Kaduna graduate, expressed appreciation to the organisers of the tournament, while urging them to keep sustaining the competition. “I might have been doing something else if not for the opportunity i got here, I am calling on other well meaning individuals and companies to emulate the organizers of the Zaria Grand Prix by organizing or sponsoring athletics competitions for athletes”.

For former NATO national president, Mr. Godfrey Akpodeh, he is happy to be associated with the Zaria Grand Prix. “It as continued to get better with every passing edition, this particular one will psyche the athlete up well for the National trials starting in Benin, Edo state on the 5th of July, it actually came at the right time”. 

Former national long and triple jumper, Lekan Soetan lauded the athletes for the fighting spirit they exhibited at the Grand Prix, just as he applauded the Zaria Grand Prix organisers for their consistency and efforts to sustain the tempo. 

The Zaria Grand Prix Meet Director, Mr Sunday Adeleye expressed delight and gratitude to God that the tournament haa achieved it’s aims and even surpassed it in many aspects. Adeleye, who was a ex-Nigerian quartermiler and former Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), said “as organizers, we are happy seeing young men and women from the Grand Prix growing into a strong force, our Joy is to return Nigeria to it’s glory and if possible dominate athletics in the world”.

100m Men

Igube ThankGod (10.09s) 

Ezeakor Chidera (10.10s)

Eze Collins (10.30s)

100m Women

Hajara Haruna (11.60s)

Margaret Bukola (11.70s) 

Peace Lekwot (12.40s)

400m Men 

Ogazi Samuel (46.20s) 

Victory Achakpoekri (47.20s)

Alphonsus Akwuaja (47.21s)

1500m Women

Comfort James (4min. 50s) 

Verity Umaru (4min.52s) 

Mercy Audu (5min.08s)

800m Men 

Salisu Habeeb (1min.52sec) 

Surajo Habeeb (1min 54sec)  

Isaac Chukwuike (1min.55sec)

400m Women

Comfort James (55.3s) 

Happy Rasheed (56.4s)

Temitope Olusesan (56.6s)

Long Jump Women

Ademola Temitope

(5.46m) 

Peace Lekwot (5.27m) 

Penie Daniel (4.93m)

Discuss Women

Esther Osisike (47.82m)

Amazing Grace Asipitan (37.36m)

Patricia Uzuegbu (34.47m)

Shotput Men

Okafor Onyinyechi (14.18m) 

Afuku Nyerhowe (12.48m)

Henry Friday (11.83m)