I African Youth Athletics Championships
Dates28–31 March
Host cityWarri, Nigeria
VenueWarri Township Stadium

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, on 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 girls' 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 boys' 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 boys' and girls' sections, respectively. Kenyan Robert Biwott claimed both boys' 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 boys' 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 (ETH) 10.86  Ismaila Adedeji Yusuf (NGR) 10.87
200 metres  Divine Oduduru (NGR) 21.56  Haji Turie (ETH) 21.90  Ismaila Adedeji Yusuf (NGR) 22.03
400 metres  Keita Tijani (GAM) 47.39  Gebre Galcha (ETH) 47.75  Samson Oghenewe Nathaniel (NGR) 47.89
800 metres  Robert Biwott (KEN) 1:47.01  Tsegay Tesfamariam (ERI) 1:47.89  Patrick Kiprotich (KEN) 1:49.82
1500 metres  Robert Biwott (KEN) 3:41.96  Yenew Tebikew (ETH) 3:43.84  Tsegay Tesfamariam (ERI) 3:44.29
3000 metres  Nftalem Kibrab (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 (ETH) 5:45.50
Medley relay  Gambia (GAM)
Ebrima Camara
Alieu Joof
Sonko Alagie
Keita Tijani
1:53.35  Ethiopia (ETH)
Amanuel Abebe
Haji Turie
Gemechu Alemu
Gebre Galcha
1:54.31  Nigeria (NGR)
Ismaila Adedeji Yusuf
Divine Oduduru
Oluwasakin Oluwab Omotoye
Samson Oghenewe Nathaniel
10 km walk  Gonfa Bonsa (ETH) 52:25.34  Getamesay Nigusse (ETH) 52:41.56  Yassine Khalouki (MAR) 54:36.02
High jump  Gemechu Tamiru (ETH) 2.00 m  Yatana Lamita (ETH) 1.95 m  Uruemu Theophilus Ejovi (NGR) 1.95 m
Long jump  Oreva-Oghene Jo Edafiadhe (NGR) 6.91 m  Mesfin Abebe (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 (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 (ETH) 12.41
200 metres  Adewunmi Deborah Adewale (NGR) 24.13  Oluwatobiloba Amusan (NGR) 24.45  Tegest Tamangnu (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 (ETH) 2:05.05  Durets Edau (ETH) 2:06.04  Oluwatobiloba Esthe Asamu (NGR) 2:06.59
1500 metres  Durets Edau (ETH) 4:27.61  Eva Cherono (KEN) 4:28.47  Yemegn Wedhen (ETH) 4:29.96
3000 metres  Mercy Chepwogen (KEN) 9:17.52  Daisy Jepkemei (KEN) 9:17.69  Tefera Adhena (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 (ETH) 6:42.18
Medley relay[nb2]  Ethiopia (ETH)
Neima Sefa
Tegest Tamangnu
Chaltu Shume
Kore Tola
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 (ETH) 29:31.01  Habtamniesh Wale (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 (ETH) 1.65 m
Long jump  Mohamed Samir Owis Esraa (EGY) 5.63 m  Mercy Abire (NGR) 5.63 m  Oluwatobiloba 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 (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

  *   Host nation (Nigeria)

1 Nigeria*1291233
2 Egypt86216
3 Ethiopia712726
4 Kenya54211
5 Gambia2002
6 Eritrea1113
7 Morocco1045
8 Burkina Faso0101
12 Benin0022
15 Botswana0011
Totals (16 entries)363636108

Doping notes


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  4. ^ 28/03/2013 African Youth Championships Day 1 : preview : changes in the program Archived 2013-09-14 at archive.today. CAA (2013-03-28). Retrieved on 2013-09-14.
  5. ^ 26/03/2013 1st African Youth Championships, Warri 2013 Archived 2013-09-14 at archive.today. CAA (2013-03-26). Retrieved on 2013-09-14.
  6. ^ 31/03/2013 Full results of the 1st African Youth Championships Archived June 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Confederation of African Athletics (2013-03-31). Retrieved on 2013-09-14.
  7. ^ a b Minshull, Phil (2013-03-31). Kenya's Chepwogen, Jepkemei and Biwott impress at African Youth Champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-09-14.
  8. ^ Doping sanctions - News 151 . IAAF (2014-05-27). Retrieved on 2014-06-27.
  9. ^ Wharton, Dave (2014-04-01). American track coach Lee Evans banned in PED case involving a minor. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2014-06-27.