Archive | June, 2014

Former Americans DOMINATE on Day 2 of Nigerian Athletics Championships – a SHOCKING new trend in Naija Athletics?

21 Jun

The 2nd Day of the Nigerian Trials for the Commonwealth Games took place on Friday in Calabar, with athletes who formerly represented USA dominating proceedings. The sudden emergence of former Americans at the Nigerian Championships is already causing a stir (and confusion) amongst fans and athletes alike.

The crown of Nigeria’s fastest man went to Former American Mark Jelks, representing Delta State. He was head and shoulders above the rest of the field, running an impressive 10.12s in the heats on Day 1, and following that up with victories in the semis and finals, both in times of 10.23s, into headwinds of -1.7 m/s and -2.3 m/s respectively. Second place went to another former US Athlete, Mozavous Arkezes Edwards, also representing Delta, who finished in 10.39s, with the defending champion Ogho-Oghone Egwero finishing third in 10.45s. Another former Champion on his comeback trail, Obinna Metu, finished a disappointing 5th place in 10.51s, and one must wonder now if he will ever reach the heights that made him Nigerian No. 1 and to go and train at Usain Bolt’s camp in Jamaica for a couple of month! Jelks was mobbed by Nigerian press after the race, and when asked about his family links to Nigeria, he told us that his ‘Papa’ (grandfather) was from  Warri South!

22-year old Seye Ogunlewe, the most promising young Nigerian sprinter for some time now, finished 4th in 10.46s, and unfortunately misses out on an individual spot in the 100 metres for Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (he finished 2nd behind Egwero last year and has a PB of 10.23s set this year). This is an unfortunate consequence of having recruited the older Americans to Team Nigeria, and one can only hope that this young man will get his fair chance to represent Nigeria in the individual 100 metres soon. He should complete Nigeria’s quartet in the 4×100 metres which should now be strong enough to win a Commonwealth medal, after disappointing performances from our men’s relay teams in the past few years!

In the 100 metres hurdles, another newly converted Nigerian, Nichole Denby won the title in a time of 13.29s, while last year’s Champion Ugonna Ndu (13.57s) and Amaka Ogoebunam (13.71s), both US-based as well, finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. While Ugonna’s and Amaka’s links to Nigeria are clear from their names alone, Nichole’s link isn’t so obvious – when we caught up with her after her win, she told us that her great-grandfather on her mother’s side was Nigerian! In the 110 hurdles, yet another former US Athlete, Tyron ‘Toritseju’ Akins took the crown in a time of 13.66s, ahead  of UK-based Alex Al-Ameen who posted 13.75s, and Martins Ogieriakhi who ran 13.93s. We caught up with Tyron after his win and he confirmed that you need to have Nigerian heritage  to make the switch and that he was lucky enough to have found a link (deep) in his family tree!

In the past, athletes with clear immediate family links to Nigeria, such as Regina George and Gloria Asumnu, switched allegiance from the USA to Nigeria at different stages of their careers. Regina George especially is an exceptional athlete who represented USA as a junior and made the switch to Team Nigeria even though she was and still is good enough to compete for USA. But this new era of Nigerian Athletics we are currently witnessing is unlike anything we have ever seen before. We’re seeing athletes with questionable, distant links to Nigeria, supposedly in their heritage, switch from the USA to pitch tent for Nigeria in the twilight of their careers, most of whom have never represented USA at the highest level, at major championships.

Should we not be expending a lot more energy and resources ensuring that the best talents in Nigeria, such as Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya and Qatar’s Femi Ogunode, do not switch in the first place? Can these Americans turned Nigerians take us to the promised land, which is to be as good as, or even better than the Americans and Jamaicans in the coming years? Tell us what YOU think. In the meantime, Making of Champions will be bringing you EXCLUSIVE interviews will ALL of the latest recruits to Team Nigeria – watch this space!

BLESSING OKAGBARE is Nigeria’s 100m Champion for the SIXTH time – Day 1 RECAP from Nigerian Trials!

20 Jun

On Thursday Afternoon, Nigeria’s sprint queen Blessing Okagbare was the highlight of Day 1 of the National Athletics Championships, as she won a SIXTH CONSECUTIVE 100 metre national crown, a title she has not relinquished since she wrestled it from former sprinter queen Oludamola Osayomi in 2009.

Okagbare is mobbed by Nigerian media and fans alike following her 100m win at the Nigerian Trials

Okagbare is mobbed by Nigerian media and fans alike following her 100m win at the Nigerian Trials

Just a couple of hours before her win, Blessing had won her semi-final impressively in 11.10s, easing down right from about 60 metres with an already sizeable lead, while Gloria Asumnu had won the other semi with an impressive Season’s Best (SB) of 11.15s, her fastest run since the London 2012 Olympics! This set the final up for another tantalising match up between the two US-based athletes. As expected, Okagbare retained her crown running her SB of 11.06s, while Asumnu finished 2nd in 11.17s.

Okagbare and Asumnu at at the start-line of the 100 metre final at the Nigerian Trials

Okagbare and Asumnu at the start-line of the 100 metre final at the 2014 Nigerian Trials

In a blanket finish for the distant third place, with only five hundredths of a seconds between third and sixth, home-based athlete Justina Sule came home in 11.63s, winning her first ever medal in the 100 metres at the National Championships, having competing there since 2004! Despite finishing over half a second behind Okagbare, it was very clear to see what the third place finish meant to her, her Ado-Ekiti based coach, and her people!

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Other highlights of Day 1 included the men’s 100 metres, where recent ‘convert’ to Nigeria, Mark Jelks, running the fastest time in the 100m heats (10.12s) by some distance. Defending Champion Ogho-Oghene Egwero only managed 10.30s winning his heat, while former Champion Obinna Metu on his comeback trail won his heat in 10.25s, ahead of fast-improving youngster Divine Oduduru who ran a lifetime best of 10.30s. Others to watch out for who ran well in the heats include Peter Emelieze (10.23s) and UK-based Seye Ogunlewe. The men’s 100m semi-finals and finals today promise to be exciting!

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The women’s 400 metres, Nigeria’s STRONGEST event at the moment, was also a highlight of Day 1, with all FIVE of Nigeria’s World Relay Bronze-winning team on show. The most impressive was undoubtedly Regina George, who made it look easy winning her heat in an SB of 51.30s. She will be looking to improve her PB of 50.84s, set at the World Championships in Moscow, in the final today! Other impressive qualifiers were her fellow world relay medallists, Sade Abugan (51.54s), Patience Okon George (51.94s) and Omolara Omotosho (52.13s), while Ada Benjamin (52.35s) pipped Bukola Abogunloko (52.70s) for the win in the final heat. The final is stacked, and if we’re lucky we could see at least 3 of these girls running under 51 seconds soon, if not today!

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Finally, there is an intriguing contest developing in the women’s 100 metre hurdles. US-based Amaka Ogoegbunam won the 1st semi-final in13.52s, while yet another new ‘convert’ from the US, Nicole Denby took the 2nd semi in 13.32s, ahead of defending champion Ugonna Ndu (also US-based) in 13.53s, setting up a tantalising prospect for the final – are American athletes switching allegiance about to take over Team Nigeria for the Commonwealth Games? All will be clear after Days 2 and 3 of the Nigerian Trials – stay tuned!

Nicole Denby, Nigeria's latest 'convert' to switch from USA, won her 100m Hurdles semi-final at the 2014 Nigerian Trials in 13.32s, ahead of Defending Champion Ugonna Ndu in 13.53s

Nicole Denby, Nigeria’s latest ‘convert’ to switch from USA, won her 100m Hurdles semi-final at the 2014 Nigerian Trials in 13.32s, ahead of Defending Champion Ugonna Ndu in 13.53s

ROAD TO BRAZIL Mini-Series #4: NAIJAs in BRAZIL wishing the SUPER EAGLES the best of luck – in PORTUGUESE!

16 Jun

It’s D-Day for Nigeria at the FIFA 2014 World Cup, as the Super Eagles kick off their campaign to soar higher than any Nigeria team has ever done at the Big Dance, facing off against Iran tonight! 8pm Naija time!!

As the Eagles prepare for kick-off and the rest of us wait in glorious anticipation, we bring you a special message for Nigerians and the team, from our Portuguese-speaking Nigerians from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), who were on their exchange were in Brazil last year during the Confederations Cup! This the first look we have of them speaking in Portuguese – Enjoy!

Indeed, the OAU students on their year abroad exchange programme in Salvador played a big role in making this project possible, not only as subjects, but also as Portuguese Language interviewers and translators – OAU has been running this exchange programme in Brazil for more than 30 years now!

To get an idea of what it was like to be in Brazil when Nigeria played there at the Confederations Cup last year, and a feel for what the support for the Super Eagles will be like at the World Cup, check out the first three episodes of the mini-series which we’ve been running since the World Cup started!!

Click here for Part I: Introductions

Click here for Part II: Confederation Cup memories!! 

Click here for Part III: Brazilians supported Nigeria at the Confederations Cup!!! 

ROAD TO BRAZIL Mini-Series #3: Brazilians supported Nigeria at the Confederations Cup!

15 Jun

Here’s PART THREE of the ROAD TO BRAZIL documentary mini-series shot on location in Salvador da Bahia in support of the Super Eagles!

The series features a special group of Nigerians who either live in Brazil or studied there in the year leading up to the World Cup starting today! Indeed, the students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) on their year abroad exchange programme in Salvador played a big role in making this project possible, not only as subjects, but as Portuguese Language interviewers and translators – OAU has been running this exchange programme for more than 30 years now!

To hear LOTS MORE about what it was like to be in Brazil when Nigeria played there at the Confederations Cup last year, and get a feel for what the support for the Super Eagles will be like at the World Cup, stay tuned for EVEN MORE from this mini-series during the Big Dance! 

Click here for Part I (Introductions)

Click here for Part II (More Confederation Cup memories!)

Nigeria’s GLORIA ASUMNU in the 100m at New York leg of Diamond League TONIGHT!

14 Jun

The Diamond League moves to New York tonight, and there will be ONE Nigerian Athlete on show – 100m Sprinter Gloria Asumnu, who is making her first Diamond League appearance of the season! She was part of the Nigeria’s 4x100m team that finished in a commendable 4th place at the first ever World Relays in the Bahamas in May.

Nigeria's 4x100m World Relay 4th-place team   (L-R, Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asumnu, Dominique Duncan, Francesca Okwara)

Nigeria’s 4x100m World Relay 4th-place team
(L-R, Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asumnu, Dominique Duncan, Francesca Okwara

Asumnu will be attempting to improve on her Season’s best of 11.20s, as she squares up against some solid runners in the 100 metres tonight, not least USA’s Tori Bowie, a long jumper who has stamped her authority on the sprint scene so far this season, with a solid 200m win just ahead of Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare in Eugene, and a 100m win in Rome! She’ll also some up against Jamaica’s Samanthan Henry-Robinson,who is the fastest in the field this season at 11.00s, and their 2008 Olympic Silver Medallist Kerron Stewart. Could we see the first sub-11 second race in the women’s 100 metres this season? Gloria will certainly have to be close to her lifetime best of 11.03s to be in with a chance to win this race!

Nigeria’s 400m Champion and World Relay Bronze Medallist, Regina George, was in line for her second Diamond League appearance of the season, but as of this morning, it seems that she is no longer on the 400m start-list tonight. She is certainly one to watch out for very soon – she bounced back from a disappointing 8th place finish at her first Diamond League appearance this season in Shanghai, to lead Nigeria’s 4x400m Girls to an awesome Bronze medal at the first ever World Relays in the Bahamas last month.What was special about George’s run in that team was a scorching 49.4s split on the second leg, which was the fastest split of any athlete in the race – even faster than Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills split of 49.7s, which the IAAF erroneously reported was the quickest of any athlete (this is what happens when we don’t take ownership of reporting on our athletes – nobody else will)!

Instead, the closest of any sort of Nigerian interest in that race will be in the form of none other than Britain’s 400m World Champion Christine Ohuruogu, making her first appearance Diamond League appearance this season. Despite being a Double World Champion and a GOLD and Silver Medallist at the Olympics, Ohuruogu often peaks very late in the season around the major tournaments, and was not in great form at the World Relays, where Team GB finished a distant 7th place to Nigeria’s 3rd in the 4×400 metres! She will have her work cut out in a strong field which includes USA’s Francena McCorory and Jamaica’s Stephanie Ann McPherson

There are intriguing match-ups all throughout the whole evening, such as Nickel Ashmeade vs Warren Weir vs Alonso Edward in the men’s 200 metres. Double Olympic Silver Medallist Yohan Blake also appearing in the 100 metres – don’t miss it!

Gloria Asumnu will compete in the 100 metres at the New York Diamond League meet TODAY (Jun 14th) at 10.50pm Nigerian Time 

SuperSport 9 (DSTV 209) will show the whole meet LIVE on June 14th,  from 9 – 11pm Nigerian Time. Women’s 400m (Ohuruogu) will be at 9.50pm, with the men’s 200m (Ashmeade, Weir) & 100m (Blake) at 10.29pm and 10.35pm respectively!

 

ROAD TO BRAZIL Mini-Series #2: CONFEDERATION CUP MEMORIES!!

13 Jun

Here’s the 2nd part of our never-seen before documentary mini-series shot on location in Salvador da Bahia in support of the Super Eagles! The series features a special group of Nigerians who either live in Brazil or studied there in the year leading up to the World Cup starting today! Indeed, the students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) on their year abroad exchange programme in Salvador played a big role in making this project possible, not only as subjects, but as Portuguese Language interviewers and translators – OAU has been running this exchange programme for more than 30 years now!

The 1st episode yesterday has already received many great responses, not least from a former employee of the Nigerian embassy in Brasilia, who corrected our assertion that these students were pretty much the ONLY people in their age group in Nigeria who are fluent in Portuguese. He said, “There are several other kids in Nigeria, mostly children of Nigerian diplomats and expats, who actually had their elementary and secondary education in Portuguese-speaking countries like Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique etc and speak fluent Portuguese.”

To hear EVEN MORE about what it was like to be in Brazil when Nigeria played there at the Confederations Cup last year, and get a feel for what the support for the Super Eagles will be like at the World Cup, stay tuned for more from this mini-series during the Big Dance! Next episode – on Sunday! 

 

4th Edition WARRI RELAYS, with International Stars, takes place TOMORROW!

12 Jun

All the way from The Bahamas right back to Warri, Making of Champions will bring you all the latest news from what are arguably the most exciting events in Athletics – The Relays! With the 4th edition of the Warri Relays taking place tomorrow with a bevy of international athletes, the AFN must be commended for organising a world-class event that can draw the likes of Botwsana’s 2011 400 metre World Champion, Amantle Montsho, and Qatar’s Femi Ogunode!  If you are in Warri tomorrow, you should not miss this! Here is the schedule of events: http://warrirelays.com/index.php/event-schedule Here is the Press Release from the event organisers:

Delta State Hosts the 4th Annual Warri Relays/ Confederation of African Athletics Golden Grand Prix

The Delta State Government in conjunction with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) stages the 4th Edition of the Warri Relays. This event which has a Golden label from the Confederation of African Athletics is scheduled to hold in Warri Delta State on Friday 13th of June.

This year’s event promises to showcase an array of top Nigerian and African athletes including Commonwealth gold medalist Tosin Oke, Amaechi Morton, Former 400m World Champion, Amantle Montsho of Botswana, Femi Ogunode of Qatar, Kineke Alexander of St. Vincent and a host of other world-class athletes.

According to the AFN President, Chief Solomon Ogba, the meet will surpass all other one-day meets ever organized on the African continent.

“This 2014 Warri Relays will be the biggest of all one-day meets ever organized in Africa, and we are especially proud to be the host”, he said.

He continued, “We have one hundred and one athletes coming from all over the world including Nigerian-born Asian champion, Femi Ogunode who represents Qatar. We also have Amantle Montsho of Botswana, a former 400m World Champion, confirmed for this event.”

The organization of this year’s event has been handed to Soloo Sports Management & Marketing, who has promised to give this one-day event a World Class outlook by introducing a bunch of fun activities, alongside the athletics competition. Performances by popular music acts, Tekno, Seyi Shey and SeleBobo will add spice to the enjoyment of the spectators.

Event holds on Friday 13th of June at the Warri Township Stadium.

You can visit http://www.warrirelays.com for more information.

ROAD TO BRAZIL Mini-Series #1: NIGERIANS who live in BRAZIL and speak PORTUGUESE!

12 Jun

It’s the World Cup opening day and for all Nigerians and fans of the Super Eagles, especially those not opportuned to be in Brazil right now, we have a never-seen before documentary mini-series shot on location in Salvador da Bahia in support of the Super Eagles!

The Road to Brazil Mini-Series features a special group of Nigerians who either live in Brazil or studied there in the year leading up to the World Cup starting today! Indeed, the students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) on their year abroad exchange programme in Salvador played a big role in making this project possible, not only as subjects, but as Portuguese Language interviewers and translators – OAU has been running this exchange programme for more than 30 years now, and these students stand out as being pretty much the ONLY people in their age group in Nigeria who are fluent in Portuguese!

To get an idea of what it was like to be in Brazil when Nigeria played there at the Confederations Cup last year, and a feel for what the support for the Super Eagles will be like at the World Cup, watch out for more from this mini-series during the big dance. The next part will be released tomorrow – stay tuned!

 

Norway’s OKPARAEBO, Bahrain’s ADEKOYA & Britain’s IDOWU in Olso Diamond League TONIGHT

11 Jun

While there is no direct Nigerian interest in the Olso Diamond League (ExxonMobil Bislett Games) tonight, as there are no athletes representing Nigeria competing, there are still plenty of reasons to tune in to catch all the action. For starters, the poster-girl for Norwegian Athletics, Ezinne Okparaebo, whom we profiled yesterday, will be going in the 100 metres, which she won at this meet 2 years ago with a time of 11.31 seconds. Her season’s best (SB) is 11.25s, but she may have to go close to her PB of 11.10s to win tonight, with Jamaica’s Aileen Bailey (SB: 11.16s) and USA’s  Lekeisha Lawson (SB: 11.17s) in the race. Look out also for Team GB’s Jodie Williams (SB: 11.19s) and Asha Philip (SB: 11.20s).

Perhaps the most intriguing match up from a Nigerian perspective will involve the return of Kemi Adekoya in her second Diamond League race in the 400 metre hurdles for BAHRAIN, after she blew the field away in Doha (from Lane 1) with a new national record (NR) of 54.59s for her new country. She will be up against the in-form Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica, who leads the Diamond League standings in the event, after setting a world leading time of 53.97s in Rome last week! Adekoya beat Spencer by nearly half a second in that race in Doha, but that was when her threat was unknown to her more illustrious competitors. Now she will likely have to run another massive PB and NR, perhaps below 54 seconds, to claim victory against Spencer, who has completely dominated the field in her absence!

Finally, Britain’s Phillips Idowu will be returning in the Triple Jump after a long absence from the Diamond League – his season’s best of 16.99 metres is some way below his lifetime best of 17.81m set in 2010. He will certainly have to jump well beyond 17 metres to win in a stacked Triple Jump field – USA’s 2012 Olympic Gold & Silver Medallists Christian Taylor and Will Claye, as well as the Cubans Ernesto Revé and 16-year old Lázaro Martinez have all jumped well over 17 metres this season, as has Russia’s 2014 World Indoor Champion Lyukman Adams (who just happens to have a Nigerian father)! 

So there you have it – at least FOUR athletes linked to Nigeria will be competing in Oslo tonight, but no athletes representing Nigeria involved. Make of that what you will! In other intriguing match-ups involving African athletes, Cote d’Ivoire’s Murielle Ahouré will go up against USA’s Olympic GOLD medallist, Alyson Felix in the Women’s 200 metres, while Botswana’s Amantle Montsho will be trying to overhaul Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills, who has dominated the Women’s 400 metres so far this season.

Wrapping up the evening is the Men’s 100 metres, where the Gambian-born Norwegian, Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, who will have plenty of home support as he faces a field which includes France’s Jimmy Vicaut (SB: 9.95s), Trinidad’s in-form 2008 Olympic Silver Medallist, Richard Thompson (SB: 9.95s) and South Africa’s Simon Magakwe, Africa’s fastest man this season and the only one to break 10 seconds so far, with 9.98 seconds! The evergreen 2003 World Champion Kim Collins of St Kitt’s and Nevis, and Team GB’s  World Indoor Champion Richard Kilty, Adam Gemili and Danny Talbot make up the rest of 100 metre line-up!

 SuperSport 9 (DSTV 209) will show the Exxon Mobil Bislett Games (Oslo Diamond League) LIVE TONIGHT from 7 – 9pm Nigerian Time, repeated on SS7 from 11pm – 1am! Select event timings as follows:

Men’s Triple Jump (Idowu & Adams vs USA & Cuba) starts at 6pm (highlights throughout live show)

Women’s 400m Hurdles (Adekoya vs Spencer) – 7:05pm

Women’s 400m (Montsho vs Williams-Mills) – 7:38pm

Women’s 100m (Okaparaebo) – 7:48pm

Women’s 200m (Ahouré vs Felix) – 8:28pm

Men’s 100m (Ndure & Magakwe vs Thompson) – 8:50pm

 

Athlete Profile: Ezinne Okparaebo, The Poster Girl for Norwegian Athletics!

10 Jun

Ezinne Okparaebo is yet another athlete of Nigerian origin who has found fame and fortune running for the colours of her adopted country. As an athlete, Okparaebo’s fame in Norway is surpassed perhaps only by Gambian-born Jaysuma Saidy Ndure who has PBs of 9.99s & 19.89s  in the 100 & 200 metres respectively. Ezinne moved from Nigeria to Norway at the age of 9, and became the fastest Norwegian in history when she won the 100 metres at the Diamond League meet in Olso in 2012 in a time of 11.31s. A couple of months later, she lowered that time even further to 11.10s in the 100m Semi-Finals at the London 2012 Olympics. She is also the Norwegian 200 metre record holder, after running 23.30s twice in 2012!

Okparaebo in the Norwegian papers...

Okparaebo in the Norwegian papers…

Assuming Okparaebo had represented Nigeria, her time of 11.10s would not place her in Nigeria’s All-time Top 5 list in the 100 metres (Okagbare, Ajunwa, Alozie, Onyali, Osayomi) – she will have to run sub-11 to get in the mix – but she’d certainly be up there with Okagbare and Gloria Asumnu in Nigeria’s current relay team. But what sets this “Track Chick” apart from any athlete that has ever represented Nigeria (including Okagbare as Africa’s fastest woman ever) is her complete marketability. The Puma-sponsored Athlete is the poster child for Norwegian Athletics, and her stunning good looks and eye for fashion mean that she would be as comfortable on the cover of Vogue or Sports Illustrated as she is on the track. Even if you’re not Norwegian, you can’t help but get excited about this short rap video, which encapsulates Ezinne’s career so far:

“Okparaebo from Imo to Oslo; fabulous, make fashion flow on the track…” 

Imagine the possibilities if Nigeria could market our own athletes in similar fashion and celebrate their accomplishments at each turn? By now Blessing Okagbare should have a whole movie about her! Okparaebo is a household name and role model for the younger generation in Norway, and in 2012 she spoke about getting used to seeing her image on billboards and buses all over Oslo – at 26, she’s at the mid-point of her Athletics career, so let’s keep tabs on her and hope she can eventually run sub 11 seconds, as the rapper in this video predicts! If that happens, her legend in Norway is bound to rise even further!

Okparaebo competing at her home meet in Oslo, where she won the Diamond League 100m in 2012

Okparaebo competing at her home meet in Oslo, where she won the Diamond League 100m in 2012

Did anyone else notice the Christ lyrics towards the end of the rap? According to Wikipedia,  Okparaebo is a member of the Norwegian Christian Sports Organization KRIK –  Kristen Idrettskontakt (literally meaning ‘Christian Sports Contact’) – which has the goal of combining the Christian faith with the joy of sport. It is no wonder then that she is considered such a role model for the youth in Norway – the youth which includes a certain Chiamaka Okparaebo, her 20-year old younger sister who is an up and coming Triple Jumper in Norway!

Ezinne Okparaebo

Ezinne Okparaebo

Ezinne Okparaebo will compete in the 100 metres at her home meet, the Exxon Mobil Bislett Games (Oslo Diamond League) this Wednesday (Jun 11th) at 7.48pm Nigerian Time 

SuperSport 9 (DSTV 209) will show the whole meet LIVE on June 11th,  from 7 – 9pm Nigerian Time

Okparaebo on the cover of a Norwegian magazine

Okparaebo on the cover of a Norwegian magazine

Okparaebo posing for Puma

Okparaebo posing for Puma

2014 IAAF Diamond League calendar

Doha, QAT – 9 May
Shanghai, CHN – 18 May
Eugene, USA – 31 May
Rome, ITA – 5 Jun
Oslo, NOR – 11 Jun
New York, USA – 14 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 3 Jul
Paris, FRA – 5 Jul
Glasgow, GBR – 11-12 Jul
Monaco, MON – 18 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 21 Aug
Birmingham, GBR – 24 Aug
Zurich, SUI – 28 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 5 Sep

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