African Power Couples in Sports

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Athletes, like other individuals are often desirous of a great family life, just as they also covet getting to greater heights in their respective careers. Majority of them live a life that is controlled by global sports calendars, and athletes marrying their coaches, training partners and gradually become a constant in sporting circles. Some findings even show that the rate of divorce among professional athletes who married non-sports spouses is alarmingly higher than those who pick partners within the sports.sportsProfessional sports is filled with lots of stress and pressure given the fact that athletes spend a majority of their time traveling around the group to keep dates with events. Spending a lot of time on the road means being away from home and mostly only a spouse in the field will understand the demands. Athletes who come together as a couple set a time frame; when to take a break from their illustrious career to raise their kid after which they can always return to their career. Here are some of African power couples in the sports world as more keep emerging by the day;
(BBNaija) Mike Edwards and Peirresha: Having completed his switch of allegiance from the UK and even already competed and won a medal for Nigeria in the High Jump, the former BBNaija housemate is qualified to be on this list. Mike is married to Peirresha Alexandra Shakes-Drayton who is an Olympian and has represented Great Britain at several athletic competitions. Perri and Mike dated for several months before they got married in 2018 and the couple welcomed their first baby on August 27, 2020.

Anthony and Joy
Not even the Coronavirus pandemic that rocked most of 2020 could stop these love birds.
In October 2020, the slamming and dunking fraternity also witnessed its own version of a marriage between athletes off the same sports after Rivers Hooper’s rim protector, Victor Anthony Koko tied the nuptial knot with his basketball heart-throb Joy Osayanmon.
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Wale Olatunji and Agnes Osazuwa
This is another celebrated union in track and field as it pitches one of the country’s finest throwers, Olatunji with Osazuwa who represented Nigeria at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing competing in the 4×100 meters relay. An interesting fact about Agnes is that she has been in the finals at the National Championship for nine times between 2006-2016. She is also a 2010 African Gold medalist and Continental Cup Bronze medalist. This union is blessed with a daughter.

Vivian Cheruiyot and Kiplagat Kirui
The diminutive Olympic and double world champion dubbed Pocket Rocket dominated the track before she graduated to road races.
The success that saw her lift a third world title in Daegu 2011 can be attributed to her husband and coach Kiplagat Kirui. They have a baby boy.Mary Onyali-Omagbemi and Victor Omagbami
Mary Onyali-Omagbemi is a Nigerian former sprinter. She was a 5x Olympian 1988-2004. She has won several medals and has left a great footprint in the world of Sprint. She married fellow Nigerian sprinter Victor Omagbemi and they both are notable names in the world of African sprint.
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Deborah Pam and Emmanuel Gyang
The popular saying that a couple that run together stay together best fits this famous Nigerian ‘long-distance’ couple, Gyang and Pam. The duo who specialize in the 5000m and 10,000m and other categories of road races, found each other as far back as when they were in secondary school. They were both drawn together by their love for running whilst representing their school, Government Secondary School, Gwang in Jos, Plateau State.
Officially married in 2019, Gyang and Pam rank high among top-earning local athletes in Nigeria with their joint successes in high-paying races like the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Obudu Mountain Race as well as the Okpekpe 10km race.

Edna Kiplagat and Gilbert Koech
Edna Kiplagat, the Kenya long distance runner who has raced in five of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors in addition to the Olympic Games and World Championships has the mastered the tricks of life. The two-time World Champion is married to 2009 San Antonio Marathon winner Gilbert Koech with whom she has five kids.

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