Despite not coming to mind as one of the favourites in any of the track and field events, athletes from Oyo and Plateau have braved the odds to win gold at thee ongoing National Sports Festival.

In the 5,000m women race, Rose Akusho of Plateau state ran 17:05:55 min to win gold medal, as Deborah Pam Badung ran 17:07:75 min to win silver and Chinonso Nwokeji of Aviation state won bronze with a time of 18:10:21 min.

On his part, David Olowokere (Oyo), claimed GOLD in the men’s 400m Hurdles final, setting a new Personal Best of 51.07s

Rita Ossai emerged as the new women 400m Hurdles Champion as the Bayelsa who controlled her race from start to finish, clocking 59.29s claimed victory in style.

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In other races also decided on Wednesday, Assurance Omoria got the Gold medal for Team Edo in the 100m women Deaf, while Chinwe Elekwach of Rivers settled for the silver medal while Team Lagos’ Onasanya Oyindamola got the bronze with her third-place finish.

In what was a thrilling 10,000m final, Ismaila Sadjo (Cross Rivers) produced a great kick at the bell lap, leaving Emmanuel Gyang (Rivers) in his wake, as he clinched the win in 31:37:00. Gyang was 2nd, while Shehu Muazu (Plateau State) came through in 3rd.

In the Shot Put Women Eucharia Ogbukwe of Team Delta won the gold with a throw of 15.42m while Team Gombe and Team Rivers.

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