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Regina George has returned to competition, having sat out the 2017 season.

Former Nigerian Champion Regina George was gifted with the perfect present after racing to victory a day after her 26th birthday, setting a Season’s Best (SB) of 53.78s to win the International category of the women’s 400m at the Montreal Grand Prix on Saturday.

This was an improvement from her time of 54.58s set at the Meyo Invitational two weeks ago, where teammate Margaret Bamgbose finished ahead of George with a time of 53.36s.

However, the tables were turned in Quebec as Bamgbose finished 3rd in a time of 55.14s, following Canadian Alicia Brown who placed 2nd in a time of 54.34s, while USA’s Kala Funderburk was 4th in 56.17s.

Another Nigerian, Stephanie Kalu was the woman to beat in the 60m event at the Texas A&M Aggie Twilight held in College Station, Texas on the same day. The sprinter continued her fine showing from previous weeks, racing to the title in 7.29s.

Compatriot Jennifer Madu was 5th in the same race, posting a time of 7.45s. She then finished in 6th position in the 200m (23.74s) as Nike’s Phyllis Francis took the win in 23.15s. Zambian sprinter Gerald Phiri won the men’s 60m dash in a time of 6.72s.

Meanwhile Obokhare Ikpefan was in action on Saturday at the Alex Wilson Invitational held in South Bend, Indiana. The quartermiler placed 3rd overall in the men’s 400m, returning a time of 48.50s. Charles Taylor clocked the fastest time of 47.76s.

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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