Universiade: track-and-fielders called

Sprinters Lukudo and Folorunso

(ANSA) - Naples, June 20 - Two Italian female track-and-field athletes have been called up to take part in the Naples Summer Universiade 2019.
    One is of Campania region origins and the other is the youngest of four Italian female sprinters who won gold in the 4X400 relay race of the Mediterranean Games in Spain's Tarragona last year.
    Raphaela Boaheng Lukudo and Ayomide Folorunso are among the Italian female athletes that will be taking part in this 30th edition of the event.
    Boaheng Lukudo was born in Aversa in the Caserta area to a family of Sudanese origins and since 2015 has been training in the army sports centre in Cecchignola. In 2018, she set a national record in the 4X400 at the world indoors competition in Birmingham with a time of 52.98 indoors and 52.38 outdoors. She is studying motor sciences but attended an art institute and continues to draw and take photos. She will turn 25 on July 29, and thus making it to be included in the Universiade, in which athletes between the ages of 18 and 25 compete. Folorunso was born in Nigeria and has been an Italian citizen since 2013. She is coming from Parma's CUS and runs for Fiamme Oro. She was a finalist in the 4X400 relay race at the Rio Olympics Games, in which she was also a semi-finalist in the individuals 400m hurdles competition. She has medaled in three international youth competitions during her career, while at the national level she has won three Italian titles and 12 youth ones. She also holds eight national records, studies medicine and is a fan of fantasy literature. Track and field is the largest individual event in the Universaide, with over 1,000 athletes taking part in 50 disciplines, and has been part of the event since the first edition in 1959.
    The male and female competitions will be held at the San Paolo stadium in Naples from July 8 to July 13.