2018 National Athletics Championship : Competition enters decisive phase

The 57th National Athletics Championships that started Tuesday 24th July 2018 enters the final and last phase today July 25.

A series of track and field events are on the rundown for the over 135 local athletes competing.

The Yaounde Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium has gradually become a busy hub and a meeting point for holiday makers who spend time cheering their favourite athletes.

This Wednesday’s menu comprise of men and women tripple jump and 200metres race amongst many other disciplines.

Meantime day-1 results were as follows;

# Marcel Mayack II finished first in the men’s triple jump, he equally clinched the first spot in the men’s long jump with a distance of 2metres.

Just to recall that Marcel Mayack II jumped 2. 30m in triple jump, his personal best at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Goldcoast Australia that earned him bronze for Cameroon.

He was one of the three medalists (Seyi Wilfried,Marcel Mayack II and Clementine Meukeugni Noumbissi) who received distinctions from the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education.

# In the Women’s 200metres,  Germaine Abessolo finished first on a time scale of 23. 31 seconds

#Emmanuel Esseme rounded off the Men’s series within a time bound of  20. 76 seconds.

# Jude Leka and Stephanine Nguelefack grabbed the lead for 10.000 metres Men and Women races respectively.

At the end of the competitions this Wednesday 25th July 2018, twenty-two athletes who stood out, will represent Cameroon in August at the African Championships in Asaba,  Nigeria.

As at now,Cameroon has six medals;three in silver and three in bronze.Hopes are high that Cameroonian athletes can bag the first gold for the country in the finals

The African Championships in Athletics is a continental athletics event organized by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), with President, Cameroonian born, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum.

Since its inaugural edition in 1979 it was at first organised intermittently with nine editions held in fourteen years until 1993.

In 1996, the continental sporting event became biennial organised on even years same as the Summer Olympics.

The latest 20th edition was organised in Durban, South Africa in June 2016.

Benly Anchunda

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