Weekend Wrap: Amusan, Chukwuma open season on high note, Usoro impresses

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Tobi Amusan got her 2021 season off in Karlsruhe with a decent performance at the World Indoor Tour where she placed 2nd in the women’s 60 meters Hurdles final.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games champion clocked 8.01s to win her heat and thus seal qualification for the final where she ran 7.94s, just two-hundredth of a second behind Finland’s Nooralotta Neziri, who set a new National Record to win the race.

On the back of a world-leading 14.28m jump earlier in January, Ruth Usoro leapt over 14 meters again in her first legal attempt, undoubtedly winning the women’s Triple Jump event at the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock.

Her 14.07m mark, in fact, ranks 6th in the season’s top-lists.

It was a promising start to the season for South Plains’ trio of Rosemary Chukwuma, Onaara Obamuwagun and newbie Success Umokoro at the South Plains College Invite.

Chukwuma won the women’s 60m race clocking 7.46s ahead of compatriot Umokoro who placed 2nd with a time of 7.76s.

In the 200m dash, Umokoro finished 2nd crossing the line in 25.70s.

In the field event, Obamuwagun won a double – leaping 5.62m and 13.38m in the Long Jump and Tripe Jump.

It was once again a clean sweep for Mercy Ntia-Obong as she went untouched at the Region VI/KJCCC Invitational in Pittsburg, winning both the women’s 60m and 200m sprints.

The Cloud County athlete ran a Season’s Best of 7.41s in the 60m dash and posted a winning time of 24.15s in the 200m.

On Sunday at the American Track League II, Chidi Okezie finished 4th overall in the men’s 200m event having clocked 21.15s to place 3rd in his Heat 2 behind Jereem Richards who won in 20.74s and Rodney Rowe in 20.95s.

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