C-USA Championship: Fabian Edoki sets meet record in Long Jump as Nigerian athletes shine on Day 1

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Nigerian athletes representing Middle Tennessee made a good account of themselves on Day 1 of the C-USA Championship meet in Birmingham, Alabama.

Fabian Edoki made a stellar show for the Blue Raiders, setting a new meet record of 7.80m as he clinched Gold in the men’s Long Jump event.

The Nigerian Long Jump sensation’s mark on Saturday bettered the previous meet record held by Aundre Edwards (7.78m) by 2cm.

Meanwhile, another Nigerian, Benjamin Onyekwelu leaped 7.14m to place 8th in the LJ. Onyekwelu also raced in the men’s 60m dash prelims where he managed to place 3rd in his heat to seal qualification to Sunday’s final.

Abike Egbeniyi, who won team Gold in the 4x400m relay at the 2018 African Championships in Asaba, was on hand to help the Blue Raider women’s Distance Medley team emerge champion with a time of 11:52.27.

Abike Egbeniyi (far left on Champion podium) pose with medal after winning Distance Medley with Blue Raider teammates.

Egbeniyi also booked her spot in the women’s 800m final with style as she clocked 2:12.10 to finish in the overall top spot in the prelims.

Cecilia Francis was another Nigerian who starred for Middle Tennessee on Saturday. The 2015 All-Africa Games Gold medalist placed 1st in her heat to punch her ticket to the women’s 60m final.

Nigerian Junior Shot Put record holder Isaac Odugbesan had a best throw of 17.74m in the Hammer Throw – and although that effort placed him 1st in Flight 1, he eventually finished 7th in the overall standing.

Another Nigerian Omolayo Omosola leaped 4.96m to place 7th in Flight 1 of the women’s Long Jump.

The second and final day of competitions at the meet will be observed on Sunday.

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