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Oregon 2022: Nse Uko To Take On 400m World Leader, Paulino And ‘Nigerian’ Adeleke

Oregon 2022: Nse Uko To Take On 400m World Leader, Paulino And ‘Nigerian’ Adeleke

Reigning World U20 400m champion, Imaobong Nse Uko has been a tough draw as she gets set to make her World Athletics debut Sunday in Eugene, Oregon, United States of America.

The 18 year old who helped the Nigerian 4x400m mixed relay team to a sixth place finish in the final on the opening day of the World Athletics Championships has been drawn in heat four of the 400m first round.

The former Nigeria quartermile queen will run from lane eight in a heat that has the fastest 400m runner in the world this year, Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic and Nigeria-born Irish girl, Rashidat Adeleke who will run from lane one.



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Nse Uko will be seeking to be either among the first three automatic qualifiers from the heat or run fast enough to be among the fastest non-automatic qualifiers.

The Nigerian holds a 51.24 seconds personal best which she achieved this year and which ranks her the fourth fastest in the line up behind Paulino (49.49), Lynna Irby of the USA (50.67) and Adeleke (50.70).

Nse Uko will first be seeking a semifinal spot before setting her sight on becoming the first Nigerian woman to run in the final of the event since 2001 when Falilat Ogunkoya ran in her forth straight final albeit she failed to finish at the Commonwealth stadium in Edmonton.

The Akwa Ibom-born Nse Uko will also be seeking to become the second Nigerian woman to graduate from a world U20 champion to the final of the 400m at the senior level after Fatimah Yusuf who won the U20 title in 1990 and made the final as a senior in 1995.


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  • Chima E Samuels 1 month ago

    Complete Sports is one of the major headache in Nigeria sports yesterday several Nigerians were in action and gave their best but you only decide on a few selections to publish and promote. It doesn’t speaks well of what you guys are doing at that your media house. Favor Ashe gave a very decent performance and lost out of final place by whiskers, I expect that a news will be published to encourage his kind but you go promoting an out of form NSE Uko that made the 400m mixed relay team lose out of podium. After decent run from Nathaniel, and now you’re here giving us false hope to expect something from her on individual level.

    You guys are strange no wonder you keep promoting strange people like Eguavoen and his clans instead of looking out for the real deals such as Emelano and co who for sure will have positive impact for Nigeria Sports. The level of shallow mindedness in the country is becoming a major weakness.