By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
As the build up to the Olympics in Japan thickens, let’s look at how Nigerian athletic stars performed at some invitational events that went down at the week just ended. Kick442.com compiled this report with the help of Athletics Federation of Nigeria and Making Of Champions (MOC).
At the Tom Jones Memorial Meet in Florida, Nigeria track queen, Blessing Okagbare, 200 metres specialist, Divine Oduduru, Esther Isa and Fabian Edoki were in action in the women’s 200m, men’s 200m, and men’s long jump events.
Okagbare competed in her second race this season in her event where she clocked a Season’s Best (SB) of 22.66s (+1.0m/s) to place third in the heats and overall. Sha’Carri Richardson was the fastest in 22.11s, followed by Lynna Irby in 22.57s.
Oduduru, opened up his season as he ran to a time of 20.46s (+0.9m/s) to place fourth in the heat won by Fred Kerley in 20.24s. Jereem Richards finished 2nd in 20.30s while Aaron Brown placed 3rd in 20.43s. Divine finished fifth overall in the men’s 200m event.
Edoki, in action in the Men’s Long Jump event, made a mark of 7.55m to place fourth.
At the War Eagle Invitational, Esther Isa and Erhire Omamuyovwi represented in the women’s and men’s high jump event while Amarachukwu Obi represented in the 200m and 400m women’s event.
Esther Isa clinched first position with a Personal Best (PB) of 1.85m in the Women’s High Jump event at the first time of asking. She was very well ahead of second and third-placed Asia Poe and Caroline Lawrence who both managed 1.76m.
Erhire Best Omamuyovwi also competed in the men’s High Jump, clearing a best of 2.15m to finish 5th at the War Eagle Invitational.
Amarachukwu Obi kicked off her week by placing second with a time of 54.38s in the Women’s 400m event of the invitational which qualified her for the CAA African Athletics Championships happening in Algeria later this year.
Obi had qualified for the Women’s 200m event of the same Championship last week at the Tennessee Relays. The MTSU freshman clocked an impressive Personal Best (PB) of 23.02s to finish 2nd in the women’s 200m (0.4). Her time is the third fastest time by a Nigerian this season over the distance.
Glory Nyenke also competed in the women’s 400m, placing third in her heat in 55.22s.
At the Gibson Invitational, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi was in action where he threw a mark of 21.03m to clinch first place in the Men’s Shot Put event.
Girl of the moment, Favour Ofili in her Second time outdoors this season was in action on Saturday at the 2021 Boots Garland Invitational where roared to a blazing 22.30s (+2.6m/s) to get the win in the Women’s 200m event. She was denied a Personal Best (PB) with a marginally excessive wind of 2.6m/s. It is the fastest time all-conditions by a Nigerian and in the NCAA in 2021.
She also helped her team to their fourth straight Women’s 4×100 Meter Relay win this season with a time of 43.00s.
Bashiru was in action at the 2021 Roadrunner Invitational where he clocked 13.61s (+4.5m/s) to clinch first position in the Men’s 110mH.
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