Team Nigeria Fails At IAAF World U-20 Championships, Returns With No Medal


The Nigerian athletic team to the just concluded International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, failed to bring back any medals for the country.

At the championship games which ended on Sunday, July 24, Nigeria presented 13 athletes, and was placed 52nd on the medals table with five points after clinching the fifth position in the women 100m Hurdles and eight position in the 200m.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oluwatobiloba Amusan, a 110m Hurdles finalist, who was the only hope of securing a medal, finished the race in fifth position. She secured the position with a time of 12.95 secs.

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Elvira Herman of Belarus returned a time of 12.85 secs to clinch the first position, while Rushelle Burton of Jamaica came second with a time of 12.87 secs.

The U.S. Tia Jones returned a time of 12.89 secs to win the third position and her compatriot, Alexis Duncan, came fourth with a time of 12.93 secs.

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The U.S. ranked first on the medals table with 21 medals (eleven gold, six silver and four bronze medals), Kenya had five gold, two silver and two bronze medals to clinch the second place while Ethiopia came third with four gold, two silver and four bronze medals.

Meanwhile ahead of the Summer games, Rio 2016 has officially opened its Olympic Village to the world’s best athletes on Sunday (24 July) as organizers stressed that any outstanding issues would be resolved within 48 hours.

With 31 buildings and 3,604 apartments, the village will host more than 17,000 athletes and officials during its peak times. Built in the neighbourhood of Recreio dos Bandeirantes in the west of Rio, it is close to Barra Olympic Park, the main venue cluster.

About 900 people from 66 different National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were already in the village by Sunday afternoon, with about 200 athletes from 20 different countries, including Great Britain, Canada and the Netherlands.

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The complex features leisure areas, cycle-paths, a huge gym and giant dining hall with an area of 27,000 square metres and the capacity to cater for 5,000 at the same time, serving up to 60,000 meals per day.