Egbeniyi Makes 800M Final

Egbeniyi Makes 800M Final

— Moreno leads in the decathlon after five events

By Sab Osuji In Brazzaville:

Lagos state athlete, Abike Egbeniyi Sunday ran 2:06.52,her second best time of the year to qualify for the final of the women's 800m.

Egbeniyi, coached by Tony Osheku,the man who coached Falilat Ogunkoya to run a 400m African record (49.10 seconds) on the road to winning Nigeria's first individual medal at the Olympics in 1996 was written off by officials of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria as an extra baggage who will crash out in the first round.
She was thrown out of the Port Harcourt pre-Congo 2015 African Games camp with rumours that she rejected sexual advances from some coaches and officials of the federation who wanted to have canal knowledge of her.

Following protest by Olatunde Makanju,a professor of Psychology and chairman of Lagos state Athletics Association, Egbeniyi was recalled on the eve of the games for the trip to Congo.

In Sunday's semi-final race,the Nigerian placed fourth in the third and final semi-final to make the final where she will hope to become th second Nigerian after Grace Ebor (2003) to win the 800m gold.

In the decathlon, Nigeria's Peter Moreno sits on top of the standings after five events with 3,953 points ahead of Zimbabwe's Peter Keegan (3829 points) and Atsu Nyamadi of Ghana (3,787 points).

Moreno ran 10.95 seconds to win the 100m and amass 872 points but got the biggest points haul of the day one of the two-day event in the final event of the opening day,the 400m where he ran 48.39 seconds to win for a points haul of 890.
The event will be concluded Monday with the remaining five events viz the 110m hurdles,discus throw,Pole Vault,Javelin Throw and 1500m.