London 2012 Olympics: Team Nigeria begins quest for track and field honors

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Updated August 3, 2012

Team Nigeria men athletes begin their quest for honours in the track and field events of the London Olympic Games.

African 400m hurdles champion Amaechi Morton kick starts his debut appearance at the global showpiece in the heat 1 alongside Cuba’s Amaurys Valle, Jamaica’s Roxroy Cato and 5 other hurdlers.

Nigeria’s Stanley Gbagbeke who will compete in the long jump event faces a tough challenge from Christopher Tomlinson of the Great Britain, Mitchell Watts of Australia, John Kitchens of Usa and Mauro Da Silva of Brazil.

The female Heptathlon has already begun with Nigeria’s Uhunoma Osazuwa a distant 14th  1056 points on the table in the seven event game. Britain’s Jessica Ennis tops the standings with 1,195 points after setting a Heptathlon 100 metres hurdle record of 12.54 seconds.

The Heptathlon consists of seven elements, in this order:

Day 1: 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m

Day 2: long jump, javelin throw, 800m

Athletes receive points relative to their performance in each element, with these scores added up over the course of the competition to determine the final placings.

The rules for each element apply as normal, with the exception that in the long jump and throwing events athletes are permitted three attempts only.