Utitofon Nkentah
One-time African fastest woman

 

Legendary athlete Utitofon Uko, now Utitofon Nkantah, was born into sports.

Her father was a Tennis Star while the mother was a sprinter.

She would take after the mother, becoming at a point, Africa’s fastest woman.

When she finally hung her spikes, she had accumulated 7 trophies and 56 medals, 22 of them Gold.

She came into the international limelight in 1971 when she participated in the Ghana/Nigeria Games and coming third in both the 100 and 200 metres race.

She would later take part at the 2nd All Africa Games in Lagos; represent Africa at the Africa/Latin America Games in Mexico and win Gold in the 100m and 200m races at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand.

She started her Coaching career in 1975 after a Professional Diploma course at the Mainz University, Germany. While there, she set a record of 7.2 seconds in the 60 metres dash to become the Best Indoor Athlete in Southern part of Germany.

At a national competition organised to honour her in 1978, she was honoured with the national honour of Officer of the Federal Republic, OFR.

She retired in 2008 as Akwa Ibom State Chief Athletes Coach. Out of retirement, she was invited in 2009 to the national camp to train invitees to the World Youth Athletic championship in Italy and the African Youth Athletic championship in Mauritius.

She’s the President of the National Association of Athletic Technical Officials, NAATO, Akwa Ibom State chapter.

Akwa Ibom Celebrates a Champion of Champions’

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