Usoro leaps to second best jump in US College as Enekwechi qualifies for World Indoors
Athletic Heat’s Chief Operating Officer who sojourned to the United States earlier this month has made a big mark on her debut appearance for South Plains College. The 20 year old graduate of National College Gbagada, Lagos performed exceptionally well at the Texas Tech Red & Black Open in Lubbock, Texas this weekend.
Usoro’s last jump of 5.99m was good enough for the first place as Norton Kami (5.82m) and Hudson Mariya (5.78m) finished second and third respectively. She is currently ranked second in the US Junior College.
Away from Texas, 2016 400m National Champion Kunle Fasasi competed at the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas finishing first in his 200m and 400m races. In the 200m, he ran a time of 21.14 which stands as his second fastest time in his Indoor career. He later went on to post a time of 46.24s in the 400m, which is the sixth-fastest time in the US.
Meanwhile at Texas Tech Classic, 2017 CAA Grand Prix 100m hurdles winner Tobi Amusan ruled the 60mh in 7.94, a 7.95 in the prelims, ahead of Queen Harrison in 8.03 (SB) with Pedrya Seymour a distant third in 8.22s. Amusan who is ranked second on the IAAF World list has equally qualified for the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain.
West Lafayette, Indiana played host to Fred Wilt Invitational which was held at Purdue University and Nigeria’s IAAF World Champs representative Chukwuebuka Enekwechi threw a Personal Record of 20.89m to clinch the win in the Men’s Shot Put. He is currently ranked 3rd on the IAAF World list behind Tomáš Staněk (21.61m) and Jordan Geist (21.45m).
Enekwechi’s new Personal Best surpasses the IAAF World Indoor standard of 20.80m and he become the THIRD athlete in the World to qualify. We hope more Nigerians qualify soon!