Weekend Wrap: Amusan makes 60m debut, Anigbata jumps school record, Enekwechi throws SB

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Another busy past weekend for some Nigerian athletes, with most of them competing in the US while others made their season debut’s in UK.

As we hit the second month of the year, more international athletes are beginning to kick start their season which is already giving flashes of how brilliant 2019 will look like.

Here’s a wrap of all Nigerian athlete’s indoor performances across the globe over the weekend.

TOBI AMUSAN

Away from her trademark event which is the sprint hurdles, Amusan opened her season in the 60m flat giving a good account of her speed when needed over the barriers.

She ran an opener of 7.44s in the Heat, dropped it further to 7.41s in the semis, and a 7.45s in the final to place 6th at the New Mexico Classic.

GRACE ANIGBATA

In case you don’t know, African Champion in the triple jump, Grace Anigbata is now a student athlete at Cloud County Community College in the NJCAA.

The NSF Champion immediately made her presence known jumping a school record of 12.84m, to shatter the previous mark of 12.25m. Her mark is also the NJCAA lead, proving she’s in for some major surprises this season.

CHUKWUEBUKA ENEKWECHI

A good season opener for African Champion in the Shot Put, Enekwechi who clinched the top spot at the Fred Wilt Invitational hosted by his Alma mater Purdue University.

He threw a Season’s best of 20.55m to secure the win. Interestingly, this was the same meet he threw his indoor PB of 20.89m last year.

Talking about his performance on his Instagram handle, he simply said: “Soft opener!! Working on some things. Everything was over 20m, which is February good. 2019 is gonna be fun.”

CHARLES OKEZE

At the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame University, Arkansas Okeze finished 6th in the men’s 60m clocking 6.85s. He also competed in the 200m, where he stopped the clock at 21.31s, to finish 2nd.

His 200m time is the fastest in the Sun Belt Conference so far, and fourth fastest in his school’s history.

ARINZE BENJAMIN

One of the nominees in our 2019 junior preseason watch list, Benjamin is already on track proving his selection. Now a student of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), the NSF Long Jump Champion gave a good account of himself on his first indoor meet at the MTSU Invitational.

Benjamin ran an indoor PB of 6.48s to finish 3rd in the 55m final, before going on to leap a distance of 7.29m in the long jump which is also an indoor PB.

PETER MORENO

National Decathlon Record holder, Moreno also kicked off his season on a winning note running a PB of 8.16s for the 60mH win at the WESH Indoor Graded Open in Windsor, England.

Meanwhile, 2014 African 110mH Silver medallist, Alex Al-Ameen also competed in the same meet and event running same time to finish 2nd.

TOSIN OKE

If you ever thought former African Champion Tosin Oke, had hung his jumping spikes, then you’re in for a surprise.

The 38-year-old leapt to a distance of 15.64m to finish 4th in the event, at the Midland Counties Open Series in Birmingham, UK.

KELECHI NWANAGA

With Javelin Throw not a participating event indoors, Nwanaga switched to Shot Put at the Skye’s and Sabbock Challenge Cup in Pennsylvania State.

The University of Maryland sophomore, threw a Season’s best of 13.80m to finish 7th overall in the event, which is very close to her PB of 13.92m.

 

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