By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
This athletics weekend, Nigerian athletes were on top of their game once again and kick442.com brings to you the wrap of their performance courtsey of Making Of Champions (MOC) and Nigeria Athletics Federation (NAF)
Just like last week, Blessing Okagbare, Amarachukwu Obi and Esther Isa remained in the spotlight this week. Chioma Onyekwere was not left either.
In the early hours of Saturday at the 2021 ULTF Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, KY, Amarachukwu Obi ran a time of 23.06s to take the title in the women’s 200m event in a Meet Record (MR) time of 23.06s, just missing her Personal Best (PB) from last weekend by four-hundredths of a second.
She ran a Personal Best (PB) of 23.02s last week.
At the same meet, Erhire Best cleared 2.14m to finish second behind Darryl Sullivan who won with 2.27m.
Benjamin Onyekwelu finished seventh in the men’s long jump event with a 7.37m jump at the Clark Wood Open.
Esther Isa clinched gold in the Women’s Triple Jump event with a mark of 12.42m at the same event.
In her first time running the 400m this year, Favour Ofili clocked a Personal Best (PB) of 51.49s in the event at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, just edged out by Charokee Young who also clocked an identical time for the win. Natassa McDonald placed 3rd in 51.94s. Favour’s time is the sixth fastest in her school history.
She also helped her team to a World Leading time of 42.70s in the Women’s 4x100m event as the claim another win the relay.
At the same 2021 LSU Alumni Gold, Mercy Abire came second in the Women’s Long Jump event with a mark of 6.39m.
Blessing Okagbare ran a Season’s Best of 10.97s (+1.2) to win the Women’s 100m event at the USATF Grand Prix in Oregon defeating a stacked field as she was followed by Morolake Akinosun in an SB of 11.09s and Daryll Neitia in 11.18s, also an SB.
Okagbare was in total control of the first heat of the women’s 100m (0.6) running a Season’s Best of 11.01s for the win, well ahead of US Champion Teahna Daniels who clocked 11.18s, while 3rd went to Morolake Akinosun in 11.21s (SB).
Divine Oduduru ran a Season’s Best of 10.25s to place 5th in the Men’s 100m event final at the same event.
Oduduru placed fourth in the heat event returning a time of 10.39s as the heat was won by Trayvon Bromell in an easy 10.01s (0.3m/s), followed by Emmanuel Matadi in 10.21s and Jaylen Bacon in 10.36s.
Chioma Onyekwere became the new National Record National Record (NR) holder in the women’s Discus throw. While competing at the Chula Vista High Performance Meet in California on Saturday, she hurled a new Personal Best and Nigerian Record of 63.30m, improving on her previous PB of 61.38m set in 2019!
Onyekwere’s new mark erased the previous National Record of 61.58m set by Chinwe Okoro in 2016, and has taken her closer to the Tokyo Olympics qualifying standard of 63.50m.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi was in action at the Drake Relays where he threw a Season’s Best (SB) of 21.08m to place third behind Olympic Champion Ryan Crouser who opened up a World Lead (WL) of 21.93m. Nick Ponzio separated them, throwing 21.16m for second place in the Men’s Shot Put event.
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