Chidi Okezie runs 45.97s at Aliann Pompey Invitational Guyana
Nigeria’s most consistent male quartermiler in recent years, Chidi Okezie put up a commendable performance at the 2018 Aliann Pompey Invitational held on Saturday, June 30th in Guyana where he finished 2nd in 45.97s.
In what was a respectable field, Okezie gave a good account of himself finishing only behind former World and Olympic champion Kirani James who won the race in 44.99s.
The Grenadian known as the ‘Jaguar’ finished about eight meters ahead of Okezie to record the fastest quarter mile ever run in Guyana.
Guyana’s 400m meter record holder, Winston George finished 3rd in 46.13s, almost a second slower than the time he won last year’s race in (45.16s) while lowering the national record.
Last month at the Cayman Invitational at the Caribbean Island, Okezie finished 2nd behind Christian Taylor (45.24s) to equal his PB of 45.65s which he set two years ago in New York.
Chidi seems to be getting into shape ahead of the African Championships – wherein he clinched the bronze medal at the last edition. Speaking to the 2015 National Champion after his race, he said “It feels good running under 46 consistently. It’s a real confidence booster to do that. My plan for the race was to get out hard like I always do and finish strong.”
Reacting on how he felt competing with fmr. Olympic champion Kirani James, he said “When I found out that Kirani was going to be in the race, I was nervous for a few seconds then I just had to remain calm and focus on the main goal, running my race”