Nigeria’s Chinecherem wins bronze at Nairobi 2021 World Athletics U20 Championship
• Udodi, Ofili Chase Gold In 200m As Relays Begin
Team Nigeria revived its hope of finishing among the top nations at the ongoing World Athletics U20 Championship, Nairobi 2021, yesterday with the country’s javelin thrower, Nnamdi Chinecherem, winning a bronze medal.
The Nigerian had recorded a Personal Best throw of 78m on his way to the final on Thursday to give Team Nigeria the hope of another gold medal. However, Chinecherem threw 74.48m to settle for the bronze medal. Janne Laspa of Finland won the gold with a throw of 76.46m, while Arturo Felfner of Ukraine got the silver with a throw of 76.32m.
Chinecherem was applauded for his effort, considering the tough challenge from his opponents in the javelin event.
Before Chinecherem’ s bronze medal yesterday, Nigeria’s flagbearer in the women’s discussion, Esther Osisike placed 11th in the final.
Team Nigeria is looking forward to ‘harvesting’ more medals today when the action begins in 200m men and women.
One of Nigeria’s best women sprinters in the junior category, U.S.-based Favour Ofili, announced her readiness to challenge for the 200m gold medal when she strolled to the final yesterday on 22.37seconds, the second-fastest time of the day. She had run 22.75 seconds in her heat.
The second Nigerian athlete in the 200m women event, Anita Taviore could not make it to the final. She had posted 23.99sec in her heat but could only run 24.37 seconds to place eighth in the semifinal.
In the men’s 200m event, U.S.-based Udodi Nwazurike ran a Championship Record of 20.13 seconds (wind-assisted) to zoom into the final. He had earlier yesterday achieved a Personal Best time of 20.47 seconds in his best event.
In the men’s 110m hurdles event, Prosper Ekporore also recorded a Personal Best of 13.71 seconds to reach the semifinal yesterday.
Nigeria will also begin the chase for medals in the four relays (men and women) today.
The exploits by Team Nigeria at Nairobi 2021 World U20 Championship is coming 25 years after the country last got a medal in the competition.