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Fasuba dashes to Abuja win

Nigeria's Olusoji Fasuba - Source: Nigeriasports.com Yomi Omogbeja (06/05/2007)

African sprint champion Olusoji Fasuba blasted out of the blocks to a 10.16 clocking to win the men's 100m at the CAA African Area Permit meeting at the Abuja’s National Stadium.

Fasuba, who's also the African 100m record holder, was under no pressure as he coasted home to cheers from the scant home crowd at the Nigerian capital.

The 23-year-old consigned compatriots Uchenna Emedolu (10.23) and Chinedu Oriala (10.36) to the second and third places consecutively.

Thiam, who was greeted with a standing ovation, did not disappoint her adoring fans as she went on to win the one lap race in 51.73. Nigeria’s Christy Ekpukhon was second in 52.15 while Croatia’s Danijela Grgic, the World junior champion, was third in 52.30.

Fasuba was satisfied after the race: "I was sure that I can run between 10.10 and 10.20.

"I am continuing my training programme and here in Abuja the weather was very nice. I believe that I can do a good time in Doha (next week)."

Last week in Dakar, Senegal, Fasuba (10.17) narrowly edged out Jamaican Christopher Williams (10.18) to win the men’s 100m. Compatriots Deji Aliu (10.22), Uchenna Emedolu (10.36) and Chinedu Oriala (10.39) came in third, fourth and sixth respectively.

Fasuba will next Friday compete at the WAT Super Grand Prix event in Doha, Qatar where he sprinted to an astonishing 9.85 seconds continental record on the heels of American Justin Gatlin’s World record-equalling run in May last year.

Nyongani, Idoko, Gaisah shines

Zimbabwe’s Talkmore Nyongani won the men's 400m in 45.61, with Nigeria's Saul Weigopwa second in 45.77 and Benin's Mathieu Gnaligo finishing third in a new national record of 46.03.

Italian Sciandro Livio won the 800m in 1:48.36, with Glody Dube from Botswana second in 1:49.11, Uchenna Emedolu took the 200m in a hand timed 20.0 secs and Ghana's World Indoor Long Jump champion Ignasious Gaisah won the men’s event with a modest 8.08m leap.

Sudan's Mona Gabir Adam won the women’s 400 metres hurdles in 55.2 secs with Burkina Faso's Aissata Soulama second in 55.7 secs. American Tacita Bass settled for third position in 57.00 secs.

Nigeria's Francisca Idoko with a personal best 11.26 edged out compatriots and favourite Gloria Kemasuode (11.41 secs) and Gladys Nwaubani (11.57 secs) in the women's 200m.

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Abuja CAA Grand Prix Results - May 5, 2007


100m (0.0)
1. Olusoji Fasuba NGR 10.16
2. Uche Emedolu NGR 10.23
3. Chinedu Oriala NGR 10.36

200m (0.0) Hand timing
1. Uche Emedolu NGR 20.0
2. Anceschi Stefano ITA 20.3
3. Obinna Metu NGR 20.5

1. Nyongani Talkmore ZIM 45.61
2. Weigopwa Saul NGR 45.77
3. Mathieu Ngnaligo BEN 46.03 NR

1. Sciandro Livio ITA 1.48.36
2. Glody Dube BOT 1.49.11
3. Lucky Iyoha NGR 1.49.66

110m Hurdles
1. Salim Nurudeen NGR 13.80
2. Ruan De Vries RSA 14.08
3. Samuel Okon NGR 14.15

Long Jump
1. Ignasious Gaisah GHA 8.08m
2. Hartem M. Mersal EGY 7.85m
3. Tunde Suleimen NGR 7.71m

Discus Throw
1. Hannes Kirschler  ITA 62.84 PB
2. Andrrzes Kranezyk POL 59.50
3. Sean Shield USA 57.35


100m (+0.0)
1. Francisca Idoko NGR 11.26 PB
2. Gloria Kemasuode NGR 11.41
3. Gladys Nwaubanin NGR 11.57

1. Christy Ekpukhon NGR 51.27
2. Joy Eze NGR 51.47
3. Nawal El Jack SUD 51.78

100m Hurdles
1. Toyin Augustus NGR 13.26
2. Gninma Faye SEN 13.72
3. Joy Digha NGR 13.86

400m Hurdles (HT)
1. Mona Gabir Adam SUD 55.2
2. Aissata Soulama BKN 55.7
3. Tacita Bass USA 57.0

1. Balassini Ester ITA 71.96
2. Claretti Clarissa ITA 68.33
3. Funke Adeoye NGR 61.46

Shot Put
1. Vivian Chukwuemeka NGR 18.18
2. Jullian Camarena USA 17.73
3. Legnante Asunto ITA 16.93

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