Trio of medals for Lions at Francophone Games

With the 8th Jeux de la Francophonie set to wrap up Thursday, the Ottawa Lions have posted some excellent performances both on the track and in the field. The small contingent of six athletes have amassed three medals over the first four days of competition in Abidjan.

Sekou Kaba, the defending 110m hurdles champion from four years ago, crossed the finish line in the silver medal position with a time of 13.81 seconds, just seven hundredths behind winner Loic Herkenrath of France.

Charifa Labarang was a silver medalist in the 4x100m relay for her native Cameroon. Labarang has had a successful Games, finishing eighth in the 100m final and also qualifying for tomorrow’s 200m final.

In the women’s 100m hurdles, Ashlea Maddex raced herself onto the podium with a time of 13.44. She was followed by teammate Devyani Biswal who was sixth in 13.62. Tania Bambi failed to make the final.


Biswal’s twin sister Divya just missed out on a medal in the triple jump, finishing an agonizing 7cm off the podium in fourth. Biswal’s leap of 13.13m had put her in a medal position until the sixth and final round when she was passed by Christina Bujin of Romania.

Divya rounded out her Games today with a seventh place finish in the long jump with a leap of 5.87m.