DIFFERENT year, same script – District 10 are in command of the Teachers as well as the Track and Field categories at the end of Day Four of the 59th National School Championship. At the end of 48 track and field events, defending champions, Upper Demerara/Kwakwani, sit atop the points standing with 226 points, followed by District #2 (Essequibo Coast/Pomeroon) on 163 points.East Coast Demerara (District 4) is in third place on 141 points, New Amsterdam (District 15) amassed a total of 137 points to head into today’s action in fourth place, and District #3 (West Demerara) rounded off the top five on the table with 135 points.In the Teachers Championship, District 10, the holders of the last four consecutive ‘Nationals’ title, are on top with 79 points after the completion of 16 events. District #15 are second with 59 points while Bartica (District 7), District #4 and West Coast Berbice (District #5) share the third spot with 52 points each. Cameron Nicholloyd is on his way to winning the Boys U-14 800m in record-setting time of 2:10.41.It was a record-tumbling day at the National Track and Field Centre, with over 12 records being broken, mostly in the field events, as the country’s top student-athletes didn’t disappoint the vociferous crowd at the country’s lone synthetic facility.District 10’s Jennis Benjamin erased the 1.78m Boys U-20 High Jump mark set by Okemi Porter last year, to set a new mark at 1.80m.Benjamin wasn’t satisfied with his accomplishment on the mat, and returned to the ‘blue ribbon’ event – the Boys U-20 100m – clocking 10.97 seconds. Encosie Leitch of Corentyne was second with a time of 10.98s while Osmond Gilead of New Amsterdam/Canje finished third (11.14s).Meanwhile, Deshana Skeete reset her own Girls U-18 100m record, speeding her way to win the event with a time of 12.12 seconds. Last year she clocked 12.17 seconds.Cameron Nicholloyd of the Essequibo Coast broke the Boys U-14 800m with ease, racing to a time of two minutes, 10.41 seconds (2:10.41) erasing Samuel Henry’s old time of 2:13.43 which was set last year.With the exception of Skeete’s 100m record, all the other records were recorded in the field events.
Ondo State Wrestling Coach, Purity Akuh, told journalists at the championship venue that he was impressed with the good start recorded by the stateâ€™s athletes and Nigeria at the championshipAkuh said: â€œThis is a big stage, some of the wresters are young and jittery but somehow they have generally done well.â€œWe expect the country will do well in the junior event and the senior level in the days ahead of this big championship.â€The male cadet wrestlers are expected to be in action from today while the seniors will take to the mats on February 10 and 11 respectively.However, host country Nigeria has been dominated by their North African counterparts especially in the Greco-Roman category.Peter Ukoro (55kg) is through to the semifinal while Damilola Gabriel (51kg) will be fighting for a bronze medal after losing in the semifinal to Ahmed Fouad Baghdouda 10-2.The ongoing AWC is being sponsored fully by the Rivers State Government with Governor Nyesom Wike footing the bills of the Nigerian contingent from the preparatory stage till date.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ondo State athletes representing Nigeria have recorded good start in the Africa Wrestling Championship which started yesterday at the Alfred Diette Spiff Events Centre, Port Harcourt.The cadet events that started on Wednesday saw Ondoâ€™s Esther Kolawole winning gold in the freestyle event while Christiana Ogunsanya and Mercy Adekuoroye have qualified for the semifinal stage of their respective events.Mercy, the younger sister of Odunayo Adekuoroye, is tipped to also win gold in the AWC event.However, Sunmisola Balogun, another Ondo wrestler won two bouts to qualify for the final in her cadet event yesterday. She defeated her Moroccan opponent, Taibi C. 10-0 on technical superiority