2013 African Youth Athletics Championships

I African Youth Athletics Championships
Host city Warri, Nigeria
Date(s) 28–31 March
Main stadium Warri Township Stadium
Level Youth
Events 39

The 2013 African Youth Athletics Championships were the first edition of the biennial athletics competition for African athletes aged fifteen to seventeen, It was held in Warri, Nigeria from 28–31 March. A total of 40 events were originally scheduled but only 36 went ahead, 17 for boys and 19 for girls.[1]

The Warri Township Stadium in Nigeria's Delta State underwent significant renovation for the competition. The stadium was expanded to accommodate an international standard track and field and the installation of a Timetronics EDM (Electronic Distance Measurement) system was the first of its kind in the country. Emmanuel Uduaghan, the Delta State Governor, urged further use of the stadium for national and international events, as well as underlining the importance of good facilities to assist future generations of Nigerian athletes to attain an elite standard.[2][3]

The girl's pole vault competition was cancelled as there were only two entrants and the walk events were rescheduled to take place as road, instead of track, events.[4] The South African delegation was absent due to a lack of funds to attend to the event.[5] The boy's hammer throw, 400 metres hurdles and pole vault were not contested despite some entries.[6]

Nigeria topped the medals table with twelve gold medals and 33 medals overall (after doping disqualifications. The next most successful countries were Egypt (eight golds and 16 in total) and Ethiopia (26 medals, seven of them gold). Kenya placed fourth with five golds and eleven medals. Sixteen nations reached the medal table. Egyptian discus thrower Amira Khaled Mohammed was the first ever gold medallist of the championships. Nigeria was dominant in the sprint events, while Egypt performed best in the throwing events.[7]

Divine Oduduru and Adewunmi Deborah Adewale of Nigeria completed 100/200 metres sprint doubles in the boy's and girl's sections, respectively. Kenyan Robert Biwott claimed both boy's middle-distance titles. His teammates Edwin Melly and Daisy Jepkemei achieved the same feat of winning the steeplechase and being runner-up in the 3000 metres. Egypt had the top two places in the boy's shot put and discus events as Mohamed Magdi Hamza and Sherif Adel Salem Ahmed gained a gold and a silver each. Uruemu Theophilus Ejovi won an unusual medal combination by taking bronze in the high jump and triple jump disciplines.[7]

Several athletes at the competition went on to win medals at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics held that July. Biwott won the world 1500 m youth title, Hamza was a shot put bronze medallist and Daisy Jepkemei won the world youth steeplechase silver medal.

Medal summary


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Divine Oduduru (NGR) 10.62 Amanuel Abebe Atibeha (ETH) 10.86 Ismaila Adedeji Yusuf (NGR) 10.87
200 metres Divine Oduduru (NGR) 21.56 Haji Turie Beker (ETH) 21.90 Ismaila Adedeji Yusuf (NGR) 22.03
400 metres Keita Tijani (GAM) 47.39 Gebre Galcha Gabiso (ETH) 47.75 Samson Oghenewe Nathaniel (NGR) 47.89
800 metres Robert Biwott (KEN) 1:47.01 Tsegay Tesfamariam Abraham (ERI) 1:47.89 Patrick Kiprotich (KEN) 1:49.82
1500 metres Robert Biwott (KEN) 3:41.96 Yenew Tebikew Akalat (ETH) 3:43.84 Tsegay Tesfamariam Abraham (ERI) 3:44.29
3000 metres Nftalem Kibrab Awet (ERI) 8:17.28 Edwin Melly (KEN) 8:17.85 Meshack Letim (KEN) 8:18.19
110 metres hurdles Ifeanyichukwu Andre Atuma (NGR) 14.00 Bashiru Abdullahi (NGR) 14.12 Creve Machava (MOZ) 14.31
2000 metres steeplechase Edwin Melly (KEN) 5:42.18 Meresa Kahsay (ETH) 5:42.20 Hailemariyam Kiros Kebebew (ETH) 5:45.50
Medley relay Gambia (GAM)
Ebrima Camara
Alieu Joof
Sonko Alagie
Keita Tijani
1:53.35 Ethiopia (ETH)
Amanuel Abebe Atibeha
Haji Turie Beker
Gemechu Alemu Lama
Gebre Galcha Gabiso
1:54.31 Nigeria (NGR)
Ismaila Adedeji Yusuf
Divine Oduduru
Oluwasakin Oluwab Omotoye
Samson Oghenewe Nathaniel
10 km walk Gonfa Bonsa Siysay (ETH) 52:25.34 Getamesay Nigusse Teshome (ETH) 52:41.56 Yassine Khalouki (MAR) 54:36.02
High jump Gemechu Tamiru Gndgnra (ETH) 2.00 m Yatana Lamita Gemechu (ETH) 1.95 m Uruemu Theophilus Ejovi (NGR) 1.95 m
Long jump Oreva-oghene Jo Edafiadhe (NGR) 6.91 m Mesfin Abebe Mekonen (ETH) 6.85 m David Oke Ejumeta (NGR) 6.85 m
Triple jump Fabian Ime Edoki (NGR) 15.18 m Felix Watmon (UGA) 15.05 m Uruemu Theophilus Ejovi (NGR) 14.70 m
Shot put Mohamed Magdi Hamza (EGY) 20.17 m Sherif Adel Salem Ahmed (EGY) 19.57 m Jacobus Rademeyer Wilhelm (NAM) 16.96 m
Discus throw Sherif Adel Salem Ahmed (EGY) 60.46 m Mohamed Magdi Hamza (EGY) 56.96 m Jacobus Rademeyer Wilhelm (NAM) 42.77 m
Javelin throw Ubang Ubang Abola (ETH) 64.67 m Fahmi Fahmi Yousse Talaat (EGY) 58.62 m Valentine Udeh (NGR) 58.07 m
Octathlon Mohamed Ramadan Moustafa (EGY) 5360 pts Adetola Samuel Aladesuyi (NGR) 4820 pts Louis Joe Stevenson (MRI) 4566 pts


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres[nb1] Adewunmi Deborah Adewale (NGR) 11.87 Prenam Pesse (TOG) 12.25 Suraj Neima Sefa (ETH) 12.41
200 metres Adewunmi Deborah Adewale (NGR) 24.13 Oluwatobiloba Ayom Amusan (NGR) 24.45 Tegest Tamangn Yuma (ETH) 24.76
400 metres Edidiong Ofonime Odiong (NGR) 54.46 Abimbola Junaid (NGR) 54.81 Moroko Galefele (BOT) 55.52
800 metres Zeyituna Mohammed Aliyi (ETH) 2:05.05 Durets Edau Olti (ETH) 2:06.04 Oluwatobiloba Esthe Asamu (NGR) 2:06.59
1500 metres Durets Edau Olti (ETH) 4:27.61 Eva Cherono (KEN) 4:28.47 Yemegn Wedhen Getachew (ETH) 4:29.96
3000 metres Mercy Chepwogen (KEN) 9:17.52 Daisy Jepkemei (KEN) 9:17.69 Tefera Adhena Mihret (ETH) 9:19.41
100 metres hurdles Omar Gaber Lina (EGY) 14.04 Rebecca Temida Oshinbanjo (NGR) 14.73 Aderonke Adedolap Ademosu (NGR) 14.75
400 metres hurdles Glory Onome Nathaniel (NGR) 62.04 Sarah Aderonke Kadiri (NGR) 62.92 Nezha Elghali (MAR) 64.99
2000 metres steeplechase Daisy Jepkemei (KEN) 6:24.52 Stella Rutto (KEN) 6:30.64 Yeabsira Bitew Abera (ETH) 6:42.18
Medley relay[nb2] Ethiopia (ETH)
Neima Sefa Suraj
Tegest Tamangnu Yuma
Chaltu Shume Regasa
Kore Tola Nagaho
2:13.55 Zimbabwe (ZIM)
Yvonne Vanhuvanoe
Yvonne Thomas
Rutendo Kanda
Mzinde Ruva
2:22.33 Morocco (MAR)
Siba Rhizlane
Elmoutaraji Salma
Elghali Nezha
Hajji Soukaina
5 km walk Tege Gebretsadeke Demoze (ETH) 29:31.01 Habtamniesh Wale Abate (ETH) 29:48.00 Sarah Loveth Malagu (NGR) 30:20.88
High jump Rhizlane Siba (MAR) 1.80 m Chinenye Juliet Anslem (NGR) 1.65 m Ariat Diboow Ubang (ETH) 1.65 m
Long jump Mohamed Samir Owis Esraa (EGY) 5.63 m Mercy Abire (NGR) 5.63 m Oluwatobiloba Ayom Amusan (NGR) 5.52 m
Triple jump Kasie Veronica Ugeh (NGR) 12.56 m Pascaline Boro (BUR) 11.90 m Mohamed Samir Owis Esraa (EGY) 11.79 m
Shot put Judith Anulika Aniefuna (NGR) 14.46 m Khaled Mahmoud Saye Amira (EGY) 13.61 m Rechelle Djossou (BEN) 12.93 m
Discus throw Amira Khaled Mahmoud (EGY) 42.40 m Fatma Khaled Abdou (EGY) 36.66 m Carine Koukou (BEN) 21.32 m
Hammer throw Mostafa Mohamed Esraa Mohamed (EGY) 61.52 m Tarek Sayed Hassan Aya (EGY) 56.01 m Esther Melissa Arlanda (MRI) 47.70 m
Javelin throw Kasie Veronica Ugeh (NGR) 44.33 m Bire Dubale Birinesh (ETH) 40.35 m Mohamed Tawfik Elsaee Aya (EGY) 36.31 m
Heptathlon Hamdy Kamal Riham (EGY) 4604 pts Rebecca Temida Oshinbanjo (NGR) 4463 pts Salma Elmoutaraji (MAR) 4028 pts

Medal table

  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 [nb4] 12 9 12 33
2 Egypt 8 6 2 16
3 [nb4] 7 12 7 26
4 Kenya 5 4 2 11
5 Gambia 2 0 0 2
6 Eritrea 1 1 1 3
7 [nb4] 1 0 4 5
8= Burkina Faso 0 1 0 1
8= [nb4] 0 1 0 1
8= Uganda 0 1 0 1
8= [nb4] 0 1 0 1
12= Benin 0 0 2 2
12= Mauritius 0 0 2 2
12= Namibia 0 0 2 2
15= Botswana 0 0 1 1
15= Mozambique 0 0 1 1
Total 36 36 36 108

Doping notes

  • nb1 nb2 nb3 Cecilia Francis, the women's 100 m silver medallist and medley relay gold medallist for Nigeria (alongside Adewunmi Deborah Adewale, Edidiong Ofonime Odiong and Abimbola Junaid), was tested for drugs at the competition and gave a positive for anabolic steroids. Her results at the event were annulled per IAAF rules and she was banned for one year.[8] The case also resulted in a lifetime ban for her coach Abass Rauf, who took the athlete to a doctor for an injection but refused to tell Francis what the substance was. A four-year ban was also given for 1968 Olympic champion Lee Evans, who was acting as her consultant at the time.[9]
  • nb4 As a result of the above incident, in the women's 100 metres Togo's Prenam Pesse was upgraded to second place and Ethiopia's Suraj Neima Sefa moved up to third place. In the medley relay, the silver and bronze medallists, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, were promoted to gold and silver medal positions, respectively. Morocco was upgraded from fourth to third in the medley relay. In the medal table, Togo and Zimbabwe moved up from joint 14th to joint 8th.


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External links

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