After nearly two decades of endless wait, the city of Asaba was buzzing on Wednesday as the newly built Stephen Keshi stadium hosted its first meet, the African tour event.

Aside from the action on the tracks, it was a day of glamour as the rich culture of Delta was on display.

Texas-based Divine Oduduru won the 100m with a time of 10.44s while the duo of Ogho-Oghene Egwero (10.46) and Enoch Adegoke (10.52) settled for second and third respectively.

After her heroics at the Commonwealth Games, Joy Udo-Gabriel continued her fine run; winning the women’s 100m event ahead of Matthew Ubong and Blessing Ogundinmu.

In the men’s 400m, old war horse, Isa Salihu was the top man with a time of 46.70s while the duo of Orukpe Erayoikan and Achimaya Daniel finished second and third respectively.

In women’s one lap race, Patience Okon was the top athlete wining with a time of 51.49s

Yussuf Alli, the Technical Director for CAA Asaba 2018 said he was delighted with the test event though he admitted that a few matters need to be resolved.

“I can rate the Africa tour test event at 80%, we will correct the few mistakes we saw but all said and done we are ready to host Africa in August” Alli assured.

The 21st African senior Athletics Championships will be taking place August 1-5 at the Stephen Keshi stadium.


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