Olaolu Olatunde on Saturday won the first-ever gold medal for Lagos State at the National Youth Games after winning the boys’ 100m title.
The day proved to be a historic one for some of the contingents participating at the Games with Lagos and Delta winning the boys’ and girls’ 100m respectively.
Lagos were absent at the first three editions of the NYG, which is in its fourth edition. Olatunde raced to the boys’ 100m title to gift the state its first gold in athletics at the competition.
Olatunde ran a time of 11.14secs to finish ahead of Delta State’s Goodness Ireda (11.73secs) and Kwara’s Precious Aina.
It was the second medal of the day for Ireda, who had already won gold in the boys’ high jump event with a height of 1.60m. Kaduna’s Salisu Habib also made history for his state by winning silver in the boys’ high jump (1.60m) to become the first-ever NYG medallist across all sports for the state. Precious Opinion of Bayelsa was third in the event with a clearance of 1.55m.
Delta’s Praise Oforku was the girl to beat in the 100m as she won in 12.08secs while her teammate Success Umukoro claimed silver in 12.36secs. Alimot Alowonle of Lagos was third in 12.66secs.
John-Clinton Adile of Anambra State won the boys’ shot put event with a throw of 12.40m, Akwa Ibom’s Emediong Okokon (10.95m) and Farouq Arowolo of Kwara (9.94m) settled for silver and bronze respectively.
Kano State’s Faustina Okonkwo won the girls’ shot put with a 9.11m throw. Chikezie Ugonna of Abia followed with 8.90m and Victory Richard took bronze for Bayelsa with 8.63m.