CAA 2018 kicks-off with Ivoriens dominating

Anulika Menanya

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Nigeria’s sprinter, had a perfet start to the 2018 Africa Athletics Championship, CAA, winning Heat 3 in the Round 1 of the Women’s 100m event.

Udo-Gabriel became the first Nigerian to qualify for the 100m semi-final while setting a new Personal Best (PB) of 11.34s.

Ivory Coast’s Marie-Jose Ta Lou won Heat 1 in 11.24s with Ghana’s Janet Amponsah in 2nd in a time of  11.63s while SouthAfrica’s Cassidy Williamson was 3rd in 11.79 secs.

South Africa’s Tebogo Mamatu won Heat 2 in a time of 11.84s.

Heat 4 was won by Egypt’s Hemida Basant in a time of 11.54s with Nigeria’s Mercy Ntia-Obong in 2nd place.

In the men’s event, Nigeria’s Egwero Ogho-Oghene made it to the 100m semifinals after he crossed the line in 3rd place in Heat 1.

The Ivorien dominated the 100m with Ben Youssef winning Heat 1 in 10.41s  as Arthur Cisse won Heat 2 in a time of 10.42s.

Mauritius’s Elie Bardottier jogged through the last 10m, to win Heat 3 in 10.56s.

South Africa’s Akani Simbine was in a class of his own in Heat 4.

The Commonwealth Games Champion raced for about 60m before strolling down the finish line to return home a time of 10.29s.

Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke was 3rd in the race.

In Heat 5 Ngoni Makusha of Zimbabwe narrowly finished ahead of Kokoutse Fabrice of Togo in 10.37s.

Despite being aware of the threat of Namibia’s Gilbert Hanuga, Nigeria’s Seye Ogunlewe still eased off in the final 20m of the final Heat of the men’s race, as the Namibian powered through to win in 10.40s.

They both have qualified for the semis.