Samuel Ogazi and Ella Onojuvwewo were among the Nigerian athletes in action on Saturday (April 13th), Day 2 of the Tom Jones Memorial Classic and the duo recorded impressive Personal Bests (PB) over the 400m in their respective categories.

Ogazi ran a fantastic and calculative race to finish 2nd behind JeVaughn Powell (45.21s) in the men’s 400m in a PB of 45.29s, which saw him better his former PB of 45.35s that was set at the Battle on the Bayou meet a fortnight ago.

He led two of his compatriots, National Record Holder in the 400m hurdles, Ezekiel Nathaniel and Dubem Aneme to a solid performance as the former did an outdoor PB of 45.83s while the latter registered a Seasons Best (SB) of 45.72s to win his heat.

Earlier on, the women’s 400m had kicked off, and witnessed Onojuvwevwo smash her lifetime best from last year which was pegged at 51.85s, to a well improved 51.32s, making her the fastest Nigerian female quarter-miler in the world this year and 5th fastest in her school history. She placed 2nd behind Isabelle Whittaker (51.14s).

Meanwhile, Imaobong Nse Uko clocked the second slowest time of the competition with a dash of 55.13s, to finish 7th in her heat.

Gregory Airende is an enthusiastic Sportswriter and Analyst who has an in-depth knowledge of various sports like Athletics, Football, Basketball, and Gymnastics. His work experience include being a content writer at The Athletic Heat, to a Football Analyst at Sportskeeda and now a Junior Sportswriter at Making of Champions.


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