Liberia Win Bronze At African Athletic Championship


Sprinter Wellington Zaza took 13.88 minutes to bring pride to his country Liberia with a bronze medal in the Men’s 110 Hurdles at the just ended 2018 African Senior Athletic Championship.

Wellington Zaza, based in the US was among three other athletics who represented Liberia at this year’s African Senior Athletic Championship held in Asaba, Delta State Nigeria.

Akem Sirleaf, another US-based 200m Liberian sprinter left in the heat with 21.38 seconds.

Liberia’s female high jumper Otricia Borkuah did not clear or complete a jump but Kadmiel Enders reached the final but stopped at 1.90m in the male high jump.

About 51 countries with over 800 athletes were in Asaba.

The flagship championship held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State, ran from Wednesday Sunday, 1 – 5 August.
Liberia medal at the African Senior Athletics Championship summed total bronze medal to four.

According to reports from Nigeria, Kenya was the overall winners of the event, with 11 gold, six silver and two bronze medals. South Africa came second with 9 gold, 13 silver and eight bronze medals while Nigeria finished third with nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

Morocco came fourth, with two gold, three silver and four bronze medals, Ethiopia took fifth with two gold, two silver and four bronze medals while the Ivory Coast finished sixth with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

Liberia finished 21 on the ranking ahead of Congo and Lesotho.
Meanwhile, National Athletics Head Coach Samuel Cooper says he is now switching his focus on Team Liberia’s preparations for the 2019 (17th Edition) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar.

“Our next focus is to qualify our athletes for next year’s World Championships”, Coach Cooper said.

He then expressed thanks and appreciation to everyone who made Team Liberia’s trip a success, “including Kouty Mawenh, a Liberian-US based track and field ambassador and former Liberian Olympian.”

Cooper said his goal is to request for funding to train more future Liberian Olympic hopefuls.

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