By Uche Dozie
It’s another wrap of how Nigeria Athletes faires at the weekend as the outdoor season began featuring the likes of Tobi Amusan, Favour Ofili, Udodi Onwuzurike amongst others shinning the light at their various events.
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At the Red Raider Open, Tobi Amusan opened her season in the women’s 100mh with 12.58s (+2.6). Unfortunately, it will not be regarded as a legal time.
Again, competing in the women’s 100m, she finished in another thrilling time of 11.11s (+2.6).
Favour Ofili transited her good indoor form to the outdoors, clocking a Lifetime’s Best of 11.11s to go joint 10th in the Nigerian women’s 100m all-time list.
Favour Ofili has qualified for the World Championships over 100m, storming to a big Personal Best (PB) of 11.11s (0.7) at the Battle on the Bayou.
This is the second fastest time in the NCAA this year and brings down her PB of 12.77s which was set way back 2017. It also makes her the fastest Nigerian woman in the world so far this season.
Udodi Onwuzurike is on fire!
The 19-year-old powered to a huge Personal Best (PB) of 10.07s (0.6), the fastest time by a Nigerian this year and breaking his School’s Record in the men’s 100m at the Stanford Invitational.
His time is the fastest by an U-20 in the world this year while he finished ahead of Japanese Yuki Koike in 10.31s and Alonzo Floriolli in 10.47s.
In the men’s 200m at the Stanford Invitational, Udodi Onwuzurike clocked a Season’s Best (SB) of 20.38s (0.3m/s), beating Japan’s Yuki Koike for the second time in two days as the latter ran 20.87s.
Also, he anchored his school to a 9th fastest time in Standford history with 40.10s after chasing down the California anchor.
The World Junior Champion now holds the School Record (SR) for Stanford University in his freshman year both at 100m and 200m.
In other results from the weekend, Miracle Thompson broke the Cloud County CC School Record (SR), running a time of 13.76s (1.9) at the Friends University Spring Open in Kansas.
In what was a near-PB race for her, she was totally in a class of her own as she was way ahead of her counterparts with Matayah Naylor coming in 2nd in 14.59s and Anna Heacock, 3rd in 14.79s.
Praise Idamadudu of Cumberland was in action at the UAB Spring Invitational. In the women’s 200m, Praise broke the facility record which stood at 23.65s with a new one of 23.43s. In the women’s 400m, 53.16s to take the win.
Also her school mate, Tobi Oniyide was in action in the men’s 100m with 10.85s(-0.4) and also in the men’s 4×400m.
At David Noble Relays in Angelo State University, Success Umukoro was in action in the women’s 200m where she finished second in 24.07s(+0.4) behind Christine Williams of Pittsburgh State. She was also in the 4×100m team with 46.44s.
Two Gold medal for Godwin Charles at the ACCAC Championship in the men’s Long Jump and Triple Jump. Recording a distance of 7.16m in the Long Jump, Godwin further made his domination in the Triple Jump with 15.27m.
A thrilling weekend was it for Princess kara at the ACCAC Championship which was held at Central Arizona. Princess dominated not only the Discuss but also the Shotput and a top five finisher in the Hammer throw.
Ese Awusa was in action at the Red Raider Open and competed in the women’s 100mh and 200m. Ese ran in the same heat with Tobi Amusan as she finished in 14.04s (+2.6).
Later running the 200m and winning her heat with a personal best of 23.75s(+1.8)
At the Pepsi Florida Relays, Grace Nwokocha also competed in the women’s 100m. In Heat 1, she finished second in 11.27s behind Abby Steiner of Kentucky who took the win in 11.10s despite the rainy condition.
Despite the weather which has delayed the event, Grace Nwokocha of North Carolina A&T ran in the women’s 4×100m at the Pepsi Relays. Grace contributed to her team victory in a top 5 leading collegiate time of 42.91s.
In the men’s Javelin Throw at the Baylor Invitational, Nnamdi Chinecherem landed a mark of 76.08m for a domineering win ahead of Vitus Hamsgaard (57.78m) and Brady Shadrick (57.38m). This is his second win in two competitions on the NCAA level while his mark was a Stadium Record.
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