By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
In our usual journey into Nigerian athletes’ performance in different meets and grand prix, kick442.com bring to you this week the heroics and shine of Esther Isa, Amarachukwu Obi and Sade Olatoye and many more.
The usual protagonists in Nigeria, Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru had come good at the UFN Invitational in 200 and 100 meters over the weekend.
However, Esther Isa picked up two medals at the Tennessee Challenge as she continued her outdoor dominance.
Her jump of 1.80m saw her clinch gold in the Women’s High Jump ahead of Zatoria Thompson and Caroline Lawrence, both settling for second and third with 1.73m. She also placed second in the Women’s Triple Jump event with a mark of 12.59m.
Her compatriot, at the same event, Erhire Best cleared 2.17m to win the men’s High Jump, defeating Trey Allen who closely followed him with 2.14m as Luke Nichols got third with 2.05m.
Amarachukwu Obi continued her great form as she won gold at the Tennessee Challenge with a time of 54.70s in Women’s 400m event.
At the Jesse Owens Track Classic, Hammer specialist, Sade Olatoye threw a big mark of 69.89m to place first in the Women’s Hammer Throw and also break the National Record of 68.85m set in 2019 by Temi Ogunrinde.
Her mark was also a Meet Record and a Stadium Record, as she finished ahead of Gianna Rao (60.24m) and Angel Nkwonta (59.46m).
At West Coast Relays, Anita Taviore was in action in the Women’s 100m and 200m events on Saturday where she got two Personal Bests (PB).
In the 100m, she clinched first place with an impressive Personal Best (PB) of 11.51s which is also the Second fastest time in her school history in the event.
Then she went on to set a Personal Best (PB) and Meet Record (MR) of 23.25s in the 200m event.
The time is now the fastest time in her school history.
Both times mean she has qualified for the Women’s 100m and 200m events at the CAA African Athletics Championships happening in Algeria later this year.
Anita rounded off the day as the anchor leg and helped her team to a second place finish and the fourth fastest time in her school history at 3:41.13 in the women’s 4x400m relay.
David Olowokere was in his career best for his school Drake University, recording an impressive PB of 50.95s to win the 400mH, his first time under 51s mark at the Illinois State Invitational.
Central Arizona freshman, Princess Kara won both the Discus and Shot Put events at the NJCAA regional.
She threw a Discus MR of 50.82m, and then 13.35m in the Shot Put.
Yinka Ajayi was also in action, taking victory in the 400m clocking 54.05s.
At the Region XI Championships, African Youth Games Champion Victory George leaped to a huge mark and Personal Best (PB) of 6.31m to win the Women’s Long Jump event.
She has qualified for the Women’s Long Jump event in the CAA African Athletics Championships happening in Algeria later this year.
At the Corky/Crofoot Shootout, Rosemary won the Women’s 100m event.
Her time of 11.18s would have been a PB but for the windy conditions (+2.1m/s).
Ruth Usoro was in action at the same event in the Women’s Triple Jump event where she clinched first place with a mark of 13.85m.
Compilation done courtsey of @Athletics Federation of Nigeria, @Making of Champions and @Nigeria Athletics.
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