Tobi Amusan headlines 40 strong Nigerian contingents to African Championships in Cameroon

Tobi Amusan celebrates after winning at the ISTAF in Berlin

Tobi Amusan headlines 40 strong Nigerian contingents to African Championships in Cameroon

Funmilayo Fameso 17:56 - 19.06.2024

The AFN released 40 strong contingents for the 23rd African Championships in Cameroon this weekend.

World Record holder Tobi Amusan will headline a highly competitive 40 Nigerian athletes to the African Championships in Cameroon slated from June 21st - 26th.

Amusan, who just made history at the Nigeria Olympic trials by becoming the first female hurdler to win four consecutive national titles, will be heading to Cameroon to achieve the same feat by aiming for a hat-trick of 100mH titles after winning in 2018 and 2022.

Tobi Amusan is the Nigerian champion for the fourth time Photo Credit: Imago)

If successful, the track icon will become the third Nigerian hurdler to win the event consecutively after Maria Usifo and Glory Alozie.

In the sprint events, newly crowned Nigeria's fastest man and woman Kanyinsola Ajayi and Favour Ofili, will be gunning to continue with their fine form this season by winning their first African titles in the event.

Others listed in the men's event are Usheoritse Itsekiri and Godson Brume, while the women's category has Tima Godbless, Rosemary Chukwuma, Justina Eyakpobeyan, and Olayinka Olajide.

African Games champion Chidi Okezie and veteran Patience Okon lead the 400m, and others on the list are national champions Dubem Amene and Esther Elo Joseph, NCAA standouts Samuel Ogazi and Ella Onojuvwevwo, as well as Ifeanyi Ojeli.

Chidi Okezie

Ese Brume tops the list in the field events, and she'll be seeking to reclaim her long jump title. New sensation Prestinal Ochonogor who won the national title in a massive Personal Best (PB) of 6.72m will hope to cause an upset and perhaps hit the Paris Olympic qualifying standard.

Ese Brume will compete in her first Diamond League meet of the season in Suzhou

The men's category has Charles Godfred, Goodness Iredia, and Emmanuel Njoku on the list, and following their historic performances at the Nigeria Olympic trials, where they swept above the 8m mark, they'll be hoping for the same omen or perhaps better their PBs in their quest to return Nigeria back to the podium for the first time in 21 years.

Temitope Adeshina has a chance at making Nigerian history by becoming the first African champion in the women's high jump event but will have stiff competition in Ghana's Rose Yeboah, the best in the event in the continent and the NCAA.

Here's the full list of athletes below.