Obiri and Ta Lou dominate in Asaba, Samaai defeats Manyonga – African Championships, Day 2| News


Dominating victories by Hellen Obiri in the 5000m and Marie Josée Ta Lou in the 100m along with a spirited battle between South African long jumpers Ruswahl Samaai and Luvo Manyonga highlighted the second day of action at the 21st African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, on Thursday (2).

Obiri pounces

Even after a cautiously sluggish pace in the early going, the pack in the women’s 5000m was reduced to six by the race’s midway point, predictably made up of a trio of Ethiopians and a trio of Kenyans, and mostly led by Obiri who exuded a confidence and power the other runners probably wished was infectious. When she made her break with about three-and-a-half laps to go, it was clear that at least that power wasn’t.

Pounding the track alone through the late afternoon sun, the…

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