Weekend Wrap: Onyekwere set Discus Throw NR, Ofili clocks PB
It was a incredible weekend for several Nigerian athletes abroad as they set astonishing records in both track and field events.
Competing at the Chula Vista High Performance Meet in California, on Saturday, Chioma Onyekwere with an amazing sling of 63.30m in the women’s Discus Throw set a new National Record.
Onyekwere’s new mark is now the 2nd farthest throw by an African in history, surpassing Chinwe Okoro’s 61.58m in 2016.
LSU’s Favour Ofili had a great showing at the LSU Alumni Gold as she clocked a scorching Personal Best of 51.49s, finishing 2nd behind Charokee Young, who clocked an identical time.
Meanwhile, she earlier helped her team claim the win in the 4x100m relays, where they clocked a WL 42.70s.
Teammate Mercy Abire picked Silver in the women’s Long Jump having leapt 6.39m.
Blessing Okagbare continued her decent start to the season as she clocked a Season Best of 10.95s to win the women’s 100m at the USATF Grand Prix in Oregon.
On the men’s side, Divine Oduduru put his athleticism on display but could only settle for fifth place crossing the line in 10.25s.
At the Drake Relays in Des Moines, IA, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi competed in the men’s Shot Put throwing 21.08m to finish 3rd.
Representing Drake University, quarter-miler Yinka Ajayi produced a decent performance in the women’s 400m as she blazed her way to 54.69s to earn a third-place finish.
Her time is the second-fastest on Drake’s all-time list in an outdoor event.
Also competing for the host University, Victor Peka and Freshman David Olowookere performed well, running the 200m and 400mH respectively.
Peka clocked in at 22.31s to finish sixth while Olowookere recorded a season best of 52.45s to finish fourth.
Amarachukwu Obi delivered a remarkable performance at the ULTF Clark Wood Invitational winning the women’s 200m in a Meet Record (MR) time of 23.06s – just 0.04s shy of her Personal Best which she set last weekend.