2015 African Games, Rio 2016 Olympics
Onwumere won Silver in the women's 200m at the 2015 African Games

Ngozi Onwumere and Regina George had good outings at the San Antonio Cardinal Invitational in Texas, competing in two races apiece and finishing with a win in one.

In fact, it was Onwumere that stopped George from taking two victories, winning the 200m in a time of 23.43s, as her fellow national athlete came in 2nd in 23.60s, making it a 1-2 for Nigeria. Jasmine Waring was 3rd in 23.99s, with Jane Arinze (of Nigerian descent) finishing 4th in the race with a time of 24.61s.

However, there was no stopping George in the 400m, with the former Nigerian champion clocking 54.29s to win the event. Ashley Joyner finished 2nd with a time of 55.76s as Karley Harris came in 3rd with a time of 56.17s.

Meanwhile, earlier on in the 100m, Onwumere finished 3rd before going on to win the 200m. The 2015 African Games Silver medallist ran 11.51s (+4.5) to finish behind Cleo Van-Buren and Marecia Pernberton who clocked 11.36s and 11.48s to finish 1st and 2nd respectively.

Onwumere will be happy with her 200m form, having improved from her time of 23.66s set at the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays last week, and will be hoping to get better and crack 22s as the season progresses; likewise Regina George who will be hoping to usurp Patience George as Nigeria’s best quarter-miler at the moment.

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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