Liberia’s Results at the 2016 African Senior Championships


Liberian female sprinter Ada Udaya placed 3rd in her 100m heat and 4th in her semi-final heat, at the 20th African Senior Championships which began Wed. June 22.

Udaya, along with other global track & field athletes, is fighting to qualify for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. The athletes have until July 11 to clench their spot among the 2,005 international track stars who will compete  in Rio.

The Liberian runner clocked in at 11.67 seconds, which does not give her an automatic ticket to Rio. She missed the 11.32 seconds women’s entry standard by .35 seconds (that’s a blink of an eye) and did not make it to the Women’s 100m finals.

CAAAthletics Ada 200m Day Three
(Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Still, hope remains. The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), who set the qualifying standards, stated:

If there are places remaining at the end of the qualification period, the IAAF will invite the best ranked athletes to compete, in order to achieve the ideal number of entries in each event.

Liberia also sent male sprinter Emmanuel Matadi and female Heptathlete Maya Neal to the 20th African Senior Championship. Matadi finished 1st in his 100m heat with 10.24 seconds. Though this time does not meet the men’s entry standards, Matadi has already qualified to represent Liberia in Rio.


During the Men’s 100m finals, Matadi fell to 5th place sharing the 4th fastest time (10.24 seconds) with a South African sprinter.

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22: Matadi Emmanuel of Liberia in the heats of mens 100m during the morning session on day 1 of the CAA 20th African Senior Championships at Kings Park Athletic stadium on June 22, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)
(Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)


Neal began her competition in the African Senior Championship Heptathlon. Her ranks were:

  • Shot Put Finals- 7th
  • 200m Finals- 6th


Neal continued her championship competition.

  • Long Jump Finals- 7th
  • Javelin Finals- 5th

On day 4, Udaya returned to the track to compete in the women’s 200m race. She placed 2nd in her heat with 23.75 seconds. Udaya’s time advanced her to the women’s 200m semi-finals, but again did not qualify her for Rio. In the semi-finals, Udaya placed second in her heat and advanced to the finals.

Matadi also returned to compete in the men’s 200m race and placed 1st in his heat with 20 .68 seconds. He advanced to the semi-finals where he placed 1st in his heat again with the 3rd overall fastest time, 20.51 seconds securing his spot in the men’s 200m finals.


Udaya wrapped up her championship appearance with a 23.67 second run. This placed her 6th overall in the women’s 200m race.

The big news of the day was Matadi’s 3rd place finish in the finals.  Liberia owes a big congrats to Matadi,who brought us a Bronze medal with a 20.55 finish in the men’s 200m finals.

matadi Bronze
Image from Instagram @Matadi

CONGRATS to the Liberian Track & Field Team. We are watching and cheering you on as you prepare for Rio.

Every two years, the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) hosts the athletic championship. This year it was held in Durban, South Africa. Two-time Liberian Olympian Sayon Cooper leads the Liberian Track & Field Team as head coach.


Go Team LIB


*This story was edited to reflect the African Senior Athletics Championship is hosted every two years, not four.

3 thoughts on “Liberia’s Results at the 2016 African Senior Championships”

  1. Sports. Bring. Unity my. Advice. To. The. Liberian government supports. All sports football, basketball. Tracks and. Field. a. Liberian. Living. In Australia


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