Favour Ashe wins the national 100-meter title in 9.99 seconds, Nwokwocha dominates the women’s final
Favour Ashe, a 20-year-old sprinting maestro, won the national 100-meter title and qualified for the world championships, while Grace Nwokwocha thoroughly dominated the women’s final.
At the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin City, Edo State, Ashe defeated a strong field that included Alaba Akintola and multiple national champion Seye Ogunlewe to win with a new personal best time of 9.99s.
After clocking a wind-aided 9.79s on the American Collegiate circuit, the University of Tennessee freshman set a new legal record. At the NCAA Championships, he also won silver.
Godson Brume finished third in 10.15s, while Akintola came in second place with a timing of 10.06s.
Ogunlewe, who started in lane eight, came in fourth in 10.22 seconds while Udodi Onwuzurike, the world under-20 200-meter champion, could only finish sixth in 10.53 seconds.
Grace Nwokwocha dominated the women’s 100-meter final, winning in 11.03 seconds. The top four were Joy Udo-Gabriel, Tima Godbless, and Rosemary Chukwuma.
Following the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8, Team Nigeria will turn its focus to the World Athletics Championships beginning on July 15 in Eugene, Oregon.