Nigeria confirmed its interest in hosting the 2025 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships as the African edition closed with victories for Beatrice Chepkoech and Caster Semenya in Asaba.
World record holder Chepkoech led home a 1-2 finish for Kenya in the 3,000 metres steeplechase today at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, just two weeks after her stunning 8min 44.33sec clocking at the Monaco Diamond League.
She produced a more tactical performance to triumph in 8.59.88 as team-mate Cellipihine Chespo crossed second in 9:09.61.
Weyeshet Ansa Weldetsadik of Ethiopia took bronze in 9.23.92.
South Africa’s Semenya then completed the 400 and 800m double with a time of 1:56.06 over the longer distance.
Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba took silver in an equally quick 1:57.97 and Bayih Habitam Alemu clinched another Ethiopian bronze in 1:58.86.
Marie-Josée Ta Lou, the silver medallist over 100 and 200m at last year’s World Championships in London, completed her domination of the two sprints in Nigeria.
The Ivorian won the 200m today in 22.50 to finish a huge 0.86 clear of second placed Bevina Abessolo of Cameroon.
Hor Halutie took Gambian bronze in 23.40.
There was home success for Nigeria in the women’s 400m hurdles as Glory Nathaniel won in 55.53.
South Africa’s Wenda Nel and Kenya’s Maureen Jelagat of Kenya took silver and bronze in respective times of 57.04 and 57.27.