Athletes jostling for the 2million prize money of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Golden League will this weekend at the National Stadium in Abuja, compete in the third leg of the championship.
After the first and second legs, which held in Port Harcourt and Ado Ekiti respectively, the AFN Secretary General Maria Wophil said that a lot of surprises are expected, especially with more incentives on the line for athletes to pick up.
“We are expecting spectacular performances from the athletes on the trail of the jackpot prize. For this leg, there are additional incentives from our sponsor for the athletes who perform well, in addition to the prize monies they will get,” observed the Federation scribe.
Already, all the top athletes with wins in the previous legs have signified their intentions to continue the hunt to have a share in the jackpot prize money.
Delta athlete, Ogho Oghene Egwero at the weekend continued his hunt for the jackpot prize when he stormed to a 10.33 to win the 100m event in Ado Ekiti. Fred Agbaje (10.56) of CDA and Navy athlete, Chukwuma Onyeaku (10.65) finished second and third respectively.
At the first leg in Port Harcourt penultimate weekend, Egwero started his season with a slow 10.55 to lead the field.
In the female version of the race, Deborah Odeyemi of A-Class club out-sprint both Blessing Ibirah of the Police (11.92) and Susan Akene (12.00) to win the race. Odeyemi powered home in 11.77.
Tobi Ogunmola of ICDO won the quarter mile in 46.49 to leave Abiola Onakoya (46.66) and Godday James (47.15) both of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps struggling for the second and third positions.
Bukola Abogunloko had no serious contest in the women 400m as the 2010 World Junior Championships 4x400m silver medalist coasted home in 52.83. Josephine Ehigie (53.10) of the Police team and Rita Ossai (53.94) of Mausi Club picked the silver and bronze.