The track and field events of the ongoing National Sports Festival began on Friday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, with Team Delta dominating the sprints events.
The state, however, only managed bronze medals in the women’s 100m hurdles and men’s 110m hurdles.
Oluwakemi Francis won the bronze medal behind Rivers’ Grace Ayemoba and Miracle Thompson of Lagos, who won the gold and silver medals respectively.
In the men’s event, Martins Ogieriakhi finished third with Lagos and Anambra athletes claiming gold and silver.
With three athletes competing in different heats of the women’s 100m for Delta State, it was victory for the state as they look forward to the semi-finals on Saturday (today).
Praise Ofoku of Delta State won Heat 1 in 11.67secs, with Ese Brume winning Heat 4 in 11.69secs, while Heat 5 was won by another Delta athlete Grace Nzubechi in 11.46secs.
24 athletes will be competing in the semi-finals, with eight athletes competing in three heats.
The men were not left out of the great performance, with the two men also qualifying from their heats to the semi-finals.
Itsekiri Usheoritse won Heat 2 in 10.38secs, with Ogho-Oghene Egwero winning Heat 3 in 10.43secs.
SOURCE: PUNCH NIGERIA