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This is both wild and sad for Naija, Ebuka says as Nigerian-born athlete breaks record, wins 400m world title for Bahrain


Salwa Eid Naser set the 3rd fastest time in women's 400m history to take gold at IAAF World Championships in Doha (Reuters Photo)

Big Brother Naija host, Chukwuebuka Obi-Uchendu, simply known as Ebuka, has described Salwa Eid Naser victory women’s 400m at the World Athletics Championships as both side and wild for Nigeria.

WuzupNigeria reports that Nigerian-born Salwa Eid Naser competed as a Bahrain national.

Salwa Eid Naser destroyed the field and stunned Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo as she became the first Asian to win the women’s 400 metres world title on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Eid Naser surged past race favourite Miller-Uibo on the back straight to win in 48.14 seconds, the third-fastest time in history.

Miller-Uibo took silver in 48.37. The Bahamian suffered her first defeat over the distance since she inexplicably stumbled with victory in her grasp in London two years ago.

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After running the fastest 400 metres since 1985, Eid Naser seemed to be in a state of shock as she sat on the track and covered her mouth with her hand at the end of the race.

“This is crazy,” she said. “I was just hoping for the best but now I’m world champion.”

Miller-Uibo managed to close the gap down the back straight but left it too late to catch her rival, despite herself running the sixth-fastest time in history.

Another Nigerian has made history by running the third-fastest time in the world to win the 400m World title for Bahrain.

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In what has been described as the biggest upset of the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

Salwa sealed her spot in history behind East Germany’s world record holder Marita Koch and Jarmila Kratochvilova of former Czechoslovakia who got their spot in the race over 30 years ago.

“I’m the first one to win a global medal for Bahrain -? it is really rewarding and I’m so happy,” she said.

“I still can’t believe the time. The time is so crazy, crossing the line and seeing the time I went completely crazy.

“Yes I was training so hard but I never expected to run this fast.”

On defeating Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo to win the title, Salwa said;

“I think she (Shaunae) is an amazing athlete,” she said. “I don’t think I would have done that alone of course.

“She’d been there to push me and is very competitive. I love her energy and already said thank you to her because without her I don’t think I would have gone so fast.

“So I’m happy this race happened.”

Reacting to the record-breaking performance, Media personality Ebuka tweeted

‘This is both wild and sad (for Naija)’


Covid-19: I tested positive after the premier league suspension, Brendan Rogers, reveals



Brendan Rogers

Leicester City head coach, Brendan Rodgers, has revealed that he had the novel COVID-19 after the Premier League was suspended in March.

Rodgers, who said he has now fully recovered from the virus, disclosed this in an interview with BBC radio.

The 47-year-old said:

“My wife and I had it [COVID-19] just after the Premier League was suspended.

“One week later, I started to struggle, I had no smell and taste, and it was the same with my wife.

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“I could hardly walk, and It reminded me of climbing mountain Kilimanjaro, as you climb higher you get more breathless.

“I went for a run, and I could not do it. I was so weak and had a weird sensation for three weeks of having no taste.”

Rodgers is now the second manager in the Premier League to confirm he had the virus after Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta.

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Apollo Crews: Nigerian-born wrestler wins first WWE US Champion title



Nigerian-born America wrestler Sesugh Uhaa popularly known as Apollo Crews has clinched the United States Championship on Monday Night Raw.

The 32-year-old heavily built fighter, dethroned former champion, Andrade, to win his first-ever title in the WWE rings.

According to newsmen, the immediate ex-champion didn’t respond well to the defeat handed to him by his opposition

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The victory would delight Crews after stopping the person who prevented him from participating in the Money in the Bank ladder match.

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Reacting to his victory, he wrote;

I can finally say I’ve won my first title in @WWE.” Congratulations, @WWEApollo!!! #WWERaw“.

Reports reveal that the 32-year-old had booked his place in the men’s event ahead of his clash with Andrade on the April 27 edition of Raw.

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However, he tweaked his knee over the course of the bout, and El Idolo subsequently targeted it to such an extent the referee called for the bell.

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Russia to allow some spectators in stadiums when top flight matches resume



Russia’s Sports Minister said on Friday he welcomed a decision by the authorities to allow spectators into stadiums when matches in the country’s top professional football league resume next month.

The Russian Premier League halted matches in mid-March because of the COVID-19 crisis and is set to resume action on June 21.

“It’s important that the football championship resumes in the presence of spectators, even though small in number,” Russian news agencies quoted Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin as saying.

“I watched Bundesliga matches. The mood is very strange. There isn’t enough emotion. Without spectators, the matches do not look the way we are used to.”

Several European professional leagues resumed matches this month, including German’s top professional league, but without spectators.

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Russia’s consumer health watchdog agreed on Thursday that stadiums could welcome spectators at Russian Premier League matches if they took up no more than 10 percent of a given venue’s capacity.

League champions Zenit St Petersburg currently leads the standings on 50 points after 22 matches played.

Lokomotiv Moscow and Krasnodar are second and third respectively, nine points behind the leaders.

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Earlier this month, Russia said it would allow foreign athletes competing in its domestic sports leagues to enter the country even though its borders remain closed to foreigners.

It said the move was designed to help clubs resume training.

As of Friday, Russia had recorded 387,623 cases of the novel coronavirus, the third-highest reported total in the world after the U.S. and Brazil

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