Okagbare after racing to victory in the women's 200m at the Eugene Diamond League. Photo Credit: @Diamond_League

This concluded week, at the P-T-S meeting in Šamorín, Slovakia, Blessing Okagbare stormed to a new Meet Record (MR) of 10.98s to win the women’s 100m, becoming the first woman to break 11 seconds on Slovakian soil. She finished ahead of Ciarra Neville (11.47s) and Naomi Sedney (11.48s).

Okagbare would then return back to action three days later at the FBK Hengelo Games, a leg of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series in Netherlands, powering through to finish the women’s 100m in 2nd place with a time of 11.02s behind winner, Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith who clocked a Meet Record (MR) of 10.92s. Her compatriot Daryll Neitia was 3rd in a Personal Best (PB) of 11.04s.

Competing for the first time outside Nigeria in 2021, National 100m Champion Usheoritse Itsekiri raced to a Season’s Best (SB) of 10.29s (1.6) to finish 2nd in the men’s 100m race at the Benizeaveia-Xania meet in Chania, Greece. The race was won by Great Britain’s Andy Robertson in an SB of 10.20s.

Tobi Amusan showed that the African Record (AR) is well within grasp as she convincingly raced to a great win in the women’s 100m Hurdles at the New Life Invitational meet in Miramar, running what would have been a new AR of 12.43s but for an excessive tailwind.

As the fastest qualifier across two heats, she again pedalled to victory in the final with a time of 12.44s, a time that would have very well equalled the AR but she was denied that again by a slightly-overboard wind of 2.2m/s. She beat Andrea Vargas to the win as the latter ran 12.76s and Pedrya Seymour followed in 12.81s.

National Record (NR) holder Chukwuebuka Enekwechi also competed at the USATF Showcase in Texas, sending his implement out to a big Season’s Best (SB) of 21.53m to win the men’s Shot Put, after he threw 21.44m and 21.11m in the preceding rounds. He finished ahead of Curtis Jensen who managed 19.15m.

Meanwhile, Chioma Onyekwere was also in action in the women’s Discus Throw where she went out to a best of 57.86m to finish 4th.

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