Last weekend was a record breaking one for the country’s leading 800m runners, as both Edose Ibadin and Abike Egbeniyi set new National Record’s (NR) in the event, at the Last Chance meet in Boston.
Ibadin in a solo effort, won the race in 1:46.67 which was 3secs faster than the second place finisher. More outstanding was the fact that his time shattered Gbolahan Fatuga’s former NR of 1:49.63 which has stood since 1996, and even Ado Maude’s over-sized track mark of 1:49.11 set in 1991.
This shows the great form Ibadin is in, as he currently holds the Indoor NR in 600m and 1000m which were set earlier in the year, and also has the 800m outdoor record produced in 2018.
Too early to suggest, but he’s on the right part to become one of Nigeria’s all-time greats in the middle distance events.
Meanwhile in the women’s category, Egbeniyi is also taking massive strides to be named among the all-time greats in the event. She clocked an impressive 2:03.65 to finish 5th, thereby lowering her own NR by 0.12secs.
Egbeniyi will now have her eyes set on bettering this performance, in order to finish in a worthy position at the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend.
Former 400m National Champion, Kunle Fasasi also improved on his season’s performance, racing to the fastest indoor time by a Nigerian 400m runner this year with 47.58secs at Fayetteville, Arkansas during the SEC Indoor Championships.