Three HepsNation athletes competed at the 2014 African Championships this past week, and each of them will be heading back to campus with their first major championship medal.
Both Stephen Mozia (Cornell) and Nikki Okwelogu (Harvard) earned medals in the discus throw competitions. Okwelogu finished 2nd with a throw of 51.66m (169-05 3/4) on Day 3 of the championships, helping Nigeria to a 1-2 finish in the event. Chinwe Okoro defended her African championships title with a throw of 59.79m (196-02), setting a new championship record. Mozia, also representing Nigeria, earned a bronze medal in the men’s championship on Day 2, as his best throw was 57.11m (187-04). Victor Hogan of South Africa won the men’s championship in 62.87m (206-03).
Both Mozia and Okwelogu also finished 4th in their respective shot put competitions. Mozia competed on Day 1 and finished with a best throw of 17.65m (57-10.75). Okwelogu competed on Day 5 (yesterday) and managed a best throw of 15.14m (49-08). Orazio Cremona of South Africa won the men’s championship with a throw of 19.84m (65-01) while Cameroon’s M. Auriol Sally Dongmo won the women’s competition with a 16.84m (55-03) throw.
Nadia Eke (Columbia) soared to a new personal best in the women’s triple jump (albeit with some wind assistance, +2.3 m/s) – she earned a silver medal for Ghana with a mark of 13.40m (43-11 1/2). Joelle Mbumi Nkouindjin of Cameroon won the championship with a leap of 14.02m (46-00).
To our understanding, this wraps up the undergraduate outdoor track and field season. Are we ready for cross country yet?
photo from makingofchampions.net