Few Nigerian athletes competed over the weekend, but they did so in grand style dashing out brilliant slices on what to expect, as the season inches closer to the mid period.
Top on the list is 800m National Record (NR) holder, Edose Ibadin who shattered his own 1000m Indoor NR of 2:22.85, clocking a new one of 2:21.00 to finish 2nd at the Fast Track National Invite in New York.
Ibadin,has represented the country at all major international competitions since 2017 when he made his debut at the World Championships, and now holds the Nigerian records in both the outdoor 800m and indoor 1000m.
We’re excited on what he has to offer this season after making our preseason watch list, and the impact he’ll bring for the country in the 800m internationally.
During the weekend, Divine Oduduru was the trending topic not just in the NCAA’s but in Nigeria as well.
The ‘Mr I never experred it’ speedster, clocked an impressive personal best of 6.56s to win the 60m at the Texas Tech shootout.
His time ties the school record, currently No.3 on the NCAA rank and No.6 on world rank. Not to forget his 200m time of 20.51s is No.4 on NCAA list; no wonder he was named in the Bowerman mid-season indoor watch list.
Bashiru Abdullahi, stamped out to a scintillating personal best of 7.75s to place 2nd in his Heats, only to finish 5th in the final with 7.89s across the 60mH at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational.
The California State University freshman, has dropped his personal best’s every week since he started competing for The Matadors at the beginning of the year.
Commonwealth Champion, Tobi Amusan opened her 2019 hurdling season with a narrow 2nd place finish at the Millrose Games in New York.
Amusan clocked a season’s best of 8.03s, just 0.02s behind winner Sharika Nelvis of USA. A reminder that she clocked a personal best of 7.41s in the 60m two weeks ago, to officially kick start her 2019 indoor season.
Meanwhile Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) duo Abike Egbeniyi and Cecilia Francis, clocked season’s best of 53.04s and 7.46s to finish 1st and 3rd across the 400m and 60m respectively, at the Music City Challenge in Vanderbilt.
In the field events, Fabian Edoki also of MTSU was the star performer of Nigerian heritage, leaping to 7.92m to win the men’s Long Jump at the same meet.
This distance is very close to his season opener and personal best of 8.01m, recorded few weeks ago. Now regarded as the next big name in Nigerian men’s jumps, Edoki talked about his performance on his social media platforms:
“7.92m without touching the board. It was fun jumping at Vanderbilt. It time to look forward to Conference. #longjump #jump #vision.”
The High Jump saw Grace Anigbata, nearly produce a third school record as she scissor-jumped her way into a 2nd place finish with a height of 1.71m at the Bearcat Invite in Missouri.
It’s the top mark in the country amongst NJCAA athletes, and just three quarters of an inch shy of the indoor record (1.74m) set by Jamie Pruter in 2008.
Anigbata comfortably does the Triple, Long and High Jump, with the former being her trademark event where she’s the African Champion.