Meyiwa Ine breaks 16 meters jinx at Abuja Golden League
In recent years, Nigeria had not produced a home based male Triple Jumper who could surpass the 16m barrier as the last athlete on the home front to go beyond 15m was Abiola Olajide in 2014 when he leaped a PB of 16.15m but it was to be no more when at the 3rd leg of the 2018 Golden League, 19 year old Meyiwa Ine sailed out to an impressive and bound breaking personal best mark of 16.02m in still wind conditions. This feat has also surpassed the 16.00m standard set by CAA for the 2018 African Championships in Asaba, Delta state.
This showed definite improvement on the part of the National Junior champion who had played the second fiddle at the senior level since the Nigerian athletics season opened up but had to dig dip in order to edge out Nigerian leader; Pius Nzube of the NSCDC who hopped, stepped and jumped 15.56m to cut out a niche for himself in second place.
Olu Olamigoke and Tosin Oke who both have PBs of 16.98m and 17.23m respectively have been the most consistent and active (in recent years) Nigerians who have gone past the barrier but they are not home based athletes. However, after playing his cards right, Meyiwa would look forward to improvements when next he files out at a competition. George Victory won the women’s Triple Jump with a leap of 11.82m in a rather lacklustre competition.
The men’s Long Jump was taken by Theddus Okpara who jumped a big SB of 7.70m with a tailwind of 0.2m/s, the jump signals a good return to his trademark event after recurring injuries that had taken him away from the national scene for a while, Shola Anota wasn’t too far off as he cropped up a 7.62m jump. Arinze Benjamin who recorded one of the best Long Jump marks by a Youth all over the world in 2017 also shot out to a PB of 7.57m for a third place finish.
Tobechukwu Nwokocha and the winner of the triple jump; Meyiwa Ine both broke the sand at 7.37m, NUGA long jump champion, Oluwayemi Blessing edged out Pius Nzuba with a best of 7.26m to the latter’s 7.24m, it was a fairly good competition with a total of eight men flying past 7m.
The women’s Long Jump was easily taken by favourite; Precious Okoronkwo who sailed out to a 6.16m jump ahead of Oluwakemi Francis who leapt 6.01m while George Victoria grabbed the third spot with a 5.80m clearance. It is notable to point out that Okoronkwo had jumped a PB of 6.43m at the Commonwealth Games trials and would need to improve on her PB to pick a medal in Gold Coast.
Nigerian hammer throw queen; Queen Obisesan continued streaking up as a winner with a 66.15m throw, she sits at 25th place on the IAAF top performers list for the event but is third on the Commonwealth list which shows that her chances of getting a medal at the games is on a high side as she would only have to slug it out with the athletes currently placed 22nd and 23rd on that list.
Ibrahim Baba bossed the men’s hammer throw with his implement landing at 52.21m, Olawale Olatunji placed 2nd after he also hitched up his hammer at the 43.29m mark.
There were no surprises in the men’s Shot Put that saw Eke Kalu Onwuka of the Customs emerge a winner with a 17.90m heave further exerting his dominance amongst home based male shot putters, he won by more than four metres from Okafor Onyinye and Olawale Olatunji who got second and third respectively with throws of 13.74m and 12.57m.
Chime Nkechi Leticia worked out her hands to a throw of 15.95m to take the women’s shot put with Ogbuko Eucharia getting the second spot with a throw of 15.41m.
National Junior record holder in the women’s Discus, Princess Kara beat her seniors when her disc landed at 42.60m. Edeh Nebechi and Chime Nkechi Leiticia were the only other athletes who could get past 35m as they got 2nd and 3rd respectively with 37.14m and 35.95m.
Going by the standards, another standout performer at the Golden League was Samuel Kure Adams who was in a class of his own in the men’s Javelin throw, winning by more than 10m with his best throw pegged at 72 22m, he is the finest the country has produced in recent years. Eze John Mike was up as he took up the grabs easily for a second place finish with 62.16m.
There wasn’t so much show on the women’s part as only two of the athletes could get into the 30m region. Kemele Hannah won the event, her ‘spear’ landed at 37.36m ahead of second placed Kasie Ugeh who threw 35.64m.
Meanwhile, national record holder in the men’s pole vault and decathlon, Peter Moreno took sole control of the men’s pole vault, clearing 4.20m, Sange Momuyer won the women’s version after going over 2.50m.
Generally, the wind favoured the athletes, all of the best marks recorded on the field had legal winds at their backs ranging from 0.0m/s to 0.4m/s.