Lagos – Nigeria will be aiming to turn the tables on its more illustrious rivals at the upcoming International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China.
Africa’s most-populous nation, not famous for producing world-beaters in the track and field events, will be pinning its hopes mainly on a trio of athletes that have given commendable performances in the world circuit-although none have major medals to show for it.
Among the stars that will represent the country better known for importing talent to the world’s major football leagues are sprinters Ogho-Oghene Omano Egwero, Jonathan Nmaju and Miles Ukaoma.
Of the trio, the spotlight will most fall on Egwero, the 100-metre specialist.
He has been doing admirably in recent months offering the West African country hope in Beijing.
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The 26-year-old is one of the most experienced athletes in the Nigerian team having competed at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany and the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar, albeit without reaching the final.
His personal best times are 6,62 seconds in the 60 metres (indoor), achieved in February 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany and 10,18 seconds in the
100 metres, achieved at the 2009 World Championships.
Meanwhile, Nmmaju’s and Ukaoma’s profiles are less intimidating although the latter participated in the men’s 400m hurdles in Bahamas and finished 5th with 49,83 seconds.
The 23-year-old recorded his personal best of 47,14 in 2012 in Lincoln, England in the 400m.
Nmaju, a year younger, will be aiming for gold in the 100m and 200m where he has a personal best of 10,23 seconds and 21,31 seconds respectively attained in Zaragoza (2015) and Barcelona (2012).
The 15th IAAF World Championships are scheduled for the weekend until August 30 at the National Stadium in the Chinese capital.
- CAJ News