–Hua Outruns Oduduru, Odele; Talou Completes Sprints Double
By Sab Osuji In Brazzaville:
Photo By Ganiyu Yusuf:
Cote d’Ivoire duo of Koffy Wifried Hua and Marie Jose Talou emerged winners of the men and women’s 200m titles respectively on the final day of athletics competition here at the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville as Nigerian sprinters faded away once again.
Hua took full advantage of the absence of Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships bronze medal winner, South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana to win his first individual African Games gold.
Hua ran 20.42 seconds to ensure a second successive Games without a sprint gold by Nigeria who had three men in the final.
Junior international Divine Oduduru ran a new personal best of 20.45 seconds to win the silver while reigning national champion,Tega Odele, won the bronze medal in 20.58 seconds.
Metu, bronze medallist eight years ago in Algeria, came fourth in 20.74 seconds.
In the women’s version, Talou, semi-finalist at the last IAAF World Championships, ran 22.57 seconds to win the gold to successfully complete a sprints double and in the process become the fifth woman in Games’ history to win a 100m/200m double.