All eyes on Fasuba at Nigeria world championships trials

The talkpoint of the 16th NNPC/ExxonMobil Nigeria track and field championship will be the expected showdown between in-form Olusoji Fasuba and old-horse Deji Aliu and Uchenna Emedolu.

The three Nigerian sprinters are in the top 20 of the recent (13th June) IAAF world ranking and were part of the Nigerian Bronze winning 4X100m relay quartet at the Athens 2004 Olympics.

Fasuba, 20, is the highest ranked Nigerian at 10th position in the world. The reigning Africa Champion from Brazaville African Athletics Championships in 2004 has been in terrific form this outdoor season.

He sped to a 10.09 clocking to equal his personal best in the 100m at the African Athletics Confederation (AAC) Permit Meeting at Kasarani, Nairobi on 7th May, and returned 10.17 to finished second at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet on 9th June.

He also took a sprint double (10.20 seconds in 100m and 20.62 seconds in 200m) in an earlier AAC meet in Bamako on 6th April.

All-Africa Games (Abuja 2003) winner and former World Junior 100m champion, Deji Aliu, though had not done much this year is ranked 13th in the world.

Aliu showed up at the Ostrava Golden spike with a modest 10.22 seconds finish to place fourth behind Asafa Powell and Fasuba, but on the national stadium track in Abuja he's always at home.

more go to AthleticsAfrica.Com

Popular posts from this blog

Results of the 2011 African Junior Athletics Championships in Gaborone

Upsets expected at 2017 Athletics South Africa Senior Championships in Potchefstroom