Precious Okoronkwo has secured for Team Lagos their first medal on the opening day of athletics events at the ongoing 19th National Sports Festival in Abuja.

Competing against African Champions, Ese Brume, Okoronkwo who shrugged off her hamstring injury posted a jump of 6.04m to win the silver medal behind Brume who shattered the Festival record of 12 years with a jump of 6.62m.

Bayelsa State’s Grace Anigbata finished third after jumping 5.94m

Speaking after her jump, Okoronkwo full of tears said she just have to manage herself to jump as she has been nursing the injury for a while now.

“I am not really happy about the result because it was not what I was expecting, but I just have to manage my leg to end the event,” she said.

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“I have been nursing the injury for a while now and I just have to manage. Competing against Brume really pushed me hard and I would have done better than I did if not for the injury and I am going to build on what I have done so far.

“The next thing for me now is to go home, nurse my leg and prepare for training ahead next season. I really want to say a big thank you to Lagos state for allowing me to be part of the team, I always love the state right from my childhood and I will keep on representing them well.”

Meanwhile, Blessing Onome Obarierhu and Diamond Maria Blessing both qualified for the women 400m semi-final after finishing fourth and third in their respective heats with time 56.71secs and 55.98secs respectively.

The two registered athletes for Lagos State in the men’s 100m all made it to the semifinal. Bamiyo Ketuojo Obute will be running in Heat 1 of the semifinal on Wednesday while Onyekwelu Arinze Benjamin will be competing in Heat 3 of the semifinal.

Only Yakubu Temitope Balikis made it to the semifinal of the women 100m and she will be competing in Heat 3.


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