Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare will lead 19 other Nigerian athletes to this year’s Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California which start on Thursday, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria has said.
The Mt. SAC Relays are part of the AFN’s preparation for the IAAF World Relays in Bahamas next month and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in July.
The relays will also be the first time former world champion, Maurice Greene, will work with Team Nigeria as relay co-ordinator.
Okagbare, who won silver (long jump) and a bronze medal (200m) at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, is expected to compete in the individual events and the women’s 4x100m relay.
The list also includes Gloria Asumnu, who reached the women’s 60m final at the Sopot 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships; Obinna Metu, who won the men’s 100m at the AFN Golden League in Abuja on Saturday, and Amaechi Morton, whose performance ensured the Nigerian 4x400m quartet set a new African record at the Sopot 2014 World Indoor.
Others in the team are quarter-miler Regina George, Nicholas Imhoapermhe, Chukwudike Harry, Noah Akwu, Abiola Onakoya, Isah Salihu, Orukpe Erayoka, Stephanie Kalu, Khadijah Suleiman, Peace Uko, Omolara Omotosho, Bukola Abogunloko, Folashade Abugan, Josephine Ehigie, Benjamin Ada and Ossai Rita.
Besides Greene, the team will be coached by Daniel Etsebiminor, Eric Campbell, Gabriel Okon, Victor Omagbemi.
AFN president, Solomon Ogba said the Commonwealth Games are priority for the team.
“Apart from giving our athletes training grants, we must also ensure that they compete in the best meets against tough opposition so that they will be in top shape before the Commonwealth Games,” he said.
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