Lagos- Tony Osheku, Technical Director, Lagos State Athletics Association (LSAA), on Saturday said the association introduced Swedish Relays and Sprint Medley to adequately prepare students ahead of major competitions.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the events were introduced at the maiden Lagos Open Relays Championships organised by the association on April 18 in Lagos.
“We introduced the Swedish relays and Sprints medley to educate secondary school students.
“Swedish relay comprises of four athletes. In the World Youth Championships, they don’t run 4x100m.
“What see is the Swedish relays, there are some students in High Schools who do not know what Swedish relay is all about and that’s why we want to teach them about it now.
“So that when they go out to represent Nigeria, they would have been enlightened. The Sprint medley is also practiced a lot in Europe but not in Nigeria,’’ he told NAN.
“The first athlete runs 100m, second athletes runs 200m, the third athlete runs 300m and the fourth athlete runs 400m in the Swedish relays.’’
He also commended the athletes who participated in the maiden edition of the competition, saying they had shown skills for future competitions.
He noted that the athletes had been running fast times which were impressive.
“So far, so good, the athletes have been running past their time. They are here to do their best, the competition has been keen and interesting,’’ he said.
On the Sprint Medley Secondary School Boys final, CATOP Private Schools returned 3:47:03 secs to win the event.
MIMAL Group of Schools returned 3:47:56 secs to place second and International Staff School, Akoka, returned 3:50:38 secs.
In the senior girls’ category finals, Kate Private School finished in a time of 4:50:33 secs to win the event, while Oreyo Junior Grammar School, came second with 4:54:60 secs to place second.
Ipakodo Senior Grammar School returned 5:00:10 secs to take the third position. (NAN)