A number of Nigerian athletes had their best career performances in the outgoing week, setting Personal Best’s (PB), Season’s Best (SB) and most importantly a qualifier for the World Championships in Doha.
Here’s the lowdown on Nigeria’s best performers in the outgoing week.
Commonwealth Champion, Amusan soared to a ground breaking PB of 12.49s to win the 100Mh event at the Sotteville Meet in France.
Her time makes her the second African woman in history to go below the 12.50s, with African Record (AR) holder, Gloria Alozie leading the way with her record of 12.44s.
Four days later, Amusan was back competing at the London Diamond League, where she finished 5th in a time of 12.73s.
Still in London, Okagbare finished 4th in the 100m final clocking a SB of 11.04s. Despite overcoming a poor 70m start in the race, she clawed her way back with her fast finishing speed in the last 30m from 8th to 4th position.
If she’s able to perfect her start in her consequent races, we believe she’s in top shape for podium placement in Doha.
National Champion in the 200m, Arowolo became the eighth Nigerian to qualify for the World Championships, after shattering his PB of 20.84s with a new 20.37s, to win the event at the Cameroon Grand Prix.
His time shoots him to No.2 on the Nigerian list this season and makes him the second athlete behind Divine Oduduru, that’ll compete in the event at the world showpiece.
He later on took part in relay duties, running a fabulous third leg to help the 4x100m team clock a SB of 39.43s.
Still having the most consistent season among home based athletes, Adegoke broke his PB jinx set at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, by recording a new 10.15s for 100m victory in Cameroon.
Though he has gone faster this season after clocking 10.12s at the MoC Grand Prix, however the time was never ratified by IAAF which gives doubts on its validity.
The talented sprinter will now set his eyes on hitting the World Champs qualifying mark of 10.10s, before the qualification period is over.
He also took part in relay duties at the same meet, where he was the lead off leg runner.
Meanwhile in the 400m in Cameroon, very experienced Okon-George raced to 52.29s for victory in the event.
She was also part of the 4x400m relay quartet that clocked 3:32.21 to win the event.
CHIDI OKEZIE & EDOSE IBADIN
Moving on to the Potomac Valley High Performance Meet in Maryland, USA the duo of Okezie and Ibadin took part in the 400m.
Okezie was the race winner clocking a SB of 45.93s, which is the first time he’s gone under the 46s mark this season.
Ibadin though stepping down on his trademark 800m event, ran a blistering PB of 46.66s to finish 4th in the race.
It’s been an outstanding season so far for Nigerian sprinters and Egwero, isn’t left out in the discussion.
He clocked an impressive SB of 10.22s to win the 100m in Mannheim, Germany before going on to win the 200m in 20.77s.