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The trials for selection of athletes to represent Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom will begin in Benin, Edo State as top athletes are expected to attend the trials.

The event being organised by Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, will see top Nigeria athletes compete for medals at the ancient city of Benin. Favour Ofili, 400m runner, Nathaniel Ezekiel and Javelin thrower, Nnamdi Prosper are expected to compete in the trials.

With the trial also platform for selection of athletes to represent Nigeria at the World Athletics Championship, the trials obviously will be a fulcrum for Ofili who has been in superb form setting a new national record in the 200m indoors (22.46s and outdoor (21.96s). Also not left out, is 18 year-old Ezekiel Nathaniel who shattered Henry Amike’s 35 year -old record (48.50s) to set a new African U20 record 48.42s and Nnamdi, national reigning champion in Javelin.

With the anticipating top notch hospitality in Benin, Tobiloba Amusan who set a new African record, 12.41s, at the recently concluded Diamond League meet in Paris, is expected to be at the trails.  She had shattered her previous record of 12.42s in the 100m hurdles.

She also emerged winner, 100m hurdles at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold in Finland and another in Mauritius.

Fans of Shot Putter Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, the reigning African Games and African Championships, champion will be in Benin to defend his title, he is the record holder, 21.80m. He will also be joined in the trials by Triple Jumper and silver medallist at the 2022 NCAA Championships, Ruth Usoro.

National discuss record holder, Chioma Onyekwere, 63.30m will be defending her national title.

Long Jumper ‘Flight Queen’  Ese Brume is expected to increase the beehive of activities in Benin, the Delta State born athlete holds the Nigeria and African records, she had an impressive leap 7.17m leap in May last year in California.

The 2022 Nigeria Athletics Championships will serve as selection trials for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom and the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.

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