Photo Credit: David Maialetti

Nigerian Shot put and Discus Champion, Nwanneka Okwelogu kicked off her 2017 Indoor season on a winning note, dominating the women’s Shot put event in a Season’s Best (SB) of 16.08m at the Harvard Crimson Elite held over the weekend.

The Harvard University Senior recorded a throw of 15.73m at her first attempt, before improving to 16.08m at her second. Her third attempt landed at 15.44m, and fifth at 15.45m. She was fouled on her fourth and sixth attempts respectively.

Christine Bohan took Silver with her mark of 15.40m, while Haley Reynolds of Mississippi State won Bronze with her first attempt of 14.56m.

The men’s event was won by University of Virginia’s Oghenakpobo Efekoro with a distance of 18.29m. Teammate Nace Plesko followed with 17.14m, as Harvard Senior Julian Nunally placed 3rd with 16.43m.

Okwelogu enjoyed a good campaign in 2016 where she emerged African Discus Champion, and Silver medallist in the Shot put in Durban, before going on to make her Olympics debut at Rio Games in Brazil.

Photo Credit: David Maialetti
Photo Credit: David Maialetti

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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