National Unity Day: The final athletes’ race ends today

National Unity Day: The final athletes’ race ends today
Athletes from various states take part in Juba’s National Unity Day. [Photo by Danielson Deneki]

The last National Unity Day (NUD) for men’s and women’s athletics competitions resumes today at Buluk Ground, with over 20 participants poised to compete in the 100 and 400-metre races.

On Tuesday, over 100 athletes participated in 100- and 400-metre races as qualifications for the finals, which will take place today.

The 1500 metre races ended with six medal winners; three each for men and women, with athletes from Great Bahr el Ghazal dominating and taking all of the medals from both races.

Marry Agok Awur of Lakes State won a silver medal in the 1500-metre women’s race, clocking in at 5.02.20, while Agum Sebit Marjan and Emmanuela Mel Mawen of Western Bahr el Ghazal State took bronze and gold, respectively, after placing second and third in 5.09:63 and 5.11.88.

Meanwhile, Deng Ang Nhial of Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBS) won the men’s 1500 metre race with a time of 4.18.20, followed by Lakes State’s Abraham Aping Aler with a time of 4.21.34, and Deng Chiliu Duong of Lakes State with a time of 4.23.37. All three were awarded the same medals.

For today, about 12 medals are expected to be awarded to the three winners of each group of 100 metres and 400-metre races for both women and men.

Below are the athletes that have qualified for the final round and will be competing for the medals.

400-metre men’s race

Ayii Malex Deng of Northern el Ghazal State, Nyankaba Justin John of Western Equatoria State, Juma Unchalla Paul of Western Bahr el Ghazal State, and James Pio Augustino of Eastern Equatoria State will compete for medals.

Baktita John, of Western Bahr el Ghazal State, Halima Kenvanh Akoon of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Diana Michael of Western Bahr el Ghazal State, Preskilla Chol Hok, from Lakes State, Mandela Natalia of Western Equatoria State, and Abul Kual Deng of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State will be competing in the women’s 400-meter race.

Men’s list includes Deng Pouth Marial of Lakes State, James Dok Male of Central Equatoria State, Ueko Emmanuel Mbiko of Western Equatoria State, Adam Bangbia of Western Equatoria State, Charles Chan Majok of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, and Juma Thomas Luol of Ruweng Administrative Area.

And those who made it to the women’s 100m race finals are: Ahok Mawien Awan, from Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Angelina Michael Dominic, from Western Bahr el Ghazal State, Kena Anthony, from Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Sidonia Alex Moses, from Western Bahr el Ghazal State; Suzana Naborongu, from Western Equatoria State; and Noami Rita Gerald from Equatoria Equatoria State.

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