By Uche Dozie
Over the weekend, Nigerian athletes were impressive in their performances at Orena Copernicus and Charlie Thomas Invitational events and other competitions.
Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Rosemary Chukwuma amongst other Nigerian athletes came good as they prepare ahead for the Tokyo Olympics in June.
Tobi Amusan who had amassed fifteen points after three races this season put up another performance to come second in the 60 metres hurdle at the Copernicus Cup the 4th stop of the World Athletics Tour.
The Nigerian champion gave Alina Talay a stiff contest as she finished in 7.89s as against Talay’s 7.87s (EL). Amusan finished fast to just snatch second place from Christina Clemons as they both turned in.
She had clocked a swift 7.94s to win her heat of the women’s 60mH ahead of Finland’s Nooralotta Neziri who ran 8.08s while her compatriot Reetta Hurske placed third in 8.10s.
Ese Brume got her season off at the World Athletics Tour in Torun where she leapt an indoor personal best of 6.62m to finish second in the women’s Long Jump, won by Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk with a Personal best & WL mark of 6.96m. Lorraine Ugen was third with 6.52m.
The last time Ese competed indoors was in 2017 with a personal best of 6.41m.
The world athletics bronze medalist secured second place after five jumps. It is her first Indoor outing since 2017, which is highly impressive in her build up to the Olympics.
After six attempts, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi threw an Indoor SB of 21.04m to finish fourth on the log in shot put at the Orlen Copernicus Cup final.
Tomas Stanek won with an Season Best SB) of 21.86m heave from Michal Haratyk who threw 21.50m and Filip Mihaljevic with 21.42m.
At the Charlie Thomas Invitational, Rosemary Chukwuma clocked 7.36s to finish second in the women’s 60m behind Ciara Holback who ran 7.34s while 3rd placed Tristan Evelyn also clocked 7.36s.
Rosemary Chukwuma had won heat five of the Women’s 60m event at the Charlie Thomas Invitational with a time of 7.47s to qualify for the final.
Onaara Obamuwagun was also in action in the Women’s Triple Jump event where she placed second with a mark of 12.75m. Earlier, she placed eighth with a mark of 5.59m in the Women’s Long Jump event but came back stronger in her main event.
Also in action at the Charlie Thomas Invitational, was Bashiru Abdullahi who won the Men’s 60H with a time of 7.80s. Earlier during the preliminaries, he also won his Heat with a time of 7.91s.
At the Frank Sevigne Invitational, Lincoln, Mercy Ntia-Obong (Cloud County) raced to a Personal Best (PB) of 7.41s to win the women’s 60m while she then improved her 200m PB in winning her heat with a time of 23.96s – a School Record that ranked her second overall.
Isaac Odugbesan threw 18.95m to win the men’s Shot Put at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic ahead of his teammate Chago Bassi who placed second with a 18.44m heave.
Besides, Ruth Usoro kept up with her course of setting Personal Best (PB), and this she did, competing at the New Mexico Track Classic in the women’s Long Jump.
She sailed to a total PB of 6.35m in the fifth round to win the event which places her seventh on the 2020 NCAA Toplist. Kylie Price was second with 6.22m while Camryn Newton-Smith followed in 3rd place.
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