David Aya as emerged as the name on every lips a the Okowa Post COVID-19 Meet in Asaba on Friday as the Senior Secondary School class 3 student of Hussy College Warri emerged as the winner of the High Jump event.
The skinny young boy out jumped the favorite Best Erhire in the event. Best Erhire becomes the second-best on the day as Aya soared above 2.10m in his second attempt as Erhire failed to go beyond 2.05m.
The event which was sponsored by Delta State Government saw Jerry Jakpa upset Enoch Adegoke to win the 100m and 200 m men’s event in 10.55s and 21.09s respectively.
Grace Nwokocha, who is the national U20 Champion won the women’s 100m final with 11.64s, while Joy Udo-Gabriel coming in 2nd place with 11.77s and Favour Ofili took the women’s 200m gold with a time of 23.60s.
Kemi Francis won the women 100m Hurdles in less than 15s, 14.56s to be precise while Abejoye breast the tape in 14.07s in the men’s 110m Hurdles.
Daniel Atinaya won the 400m event with Adewale Sikiru coming second but both athletes returned new Personal Best of 46.09s and 46.17s respectively, while Nse Uko Imaobong won the women’s 400m.
Emmanuel Gyang won men’s 10,000m in 31:23.46 and Adamu Muazu second in 31:24.25. Men’s 1500m was won by Hamid Sambo in 3:59.16, way ahead of Goke Ogunseye who came in 2nd in 4:07.70, and Nathaniel Ezekiel 3rd in 4:11.39.
Ese Brume was on ground to light up the event. The three-times African Champions leaves no one in doubt as she leapt a mark of 6.60m to beat all comers in the long jump event.
Princess Kara was dominant in the women’s Discus, and she was over 50m three times. Kara improved on her previous Personal Best of 50.07m which she threw last year in Abuja, throwing a new Personal Best (PB) of 50.89m to comfortably claim victory today.
Pius Nzube also shines in the men’s Triple Jump as he returned with a personal best of 15.79m, just as Samson Kure emerged the winner in a keenly contested Javelin event with throws a Season’s Best of 72.32m as Nnamdi Chinecherem who threw 72.31m only settled for the second position.
The Okowa Post COVID-19 meet, sponsored by the Delta State Government is the second athletics event in the year as the leadership crisis that rocked the Athletics Federation of Nigeria and outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic affected the smooth running of the sport in Nigeria.