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Usoro produces world lead, Chukwuma breaks record as Nigerians shine in US

NIGERIAN athletes Ruth Usoro, Rosemary Chukwuma, Favour Ofili and Edose Ibadin were all in spectacular form in the early hours of today at various indoor collegiate meets across the United States of America.

Usoro, the World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games finalist, produced the biggest jump in the world this year to win the women’s long jump at the Texas Tech Open & Multi, with a new personal best of 6.87m.

The jump moved her to second longest of all time on the African indoor top list.

Chukwuma, who won sprint medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August last year, ran a new personal best of 7.09 seconds to win the women’s 60m final at the Texas Tech Open & Multi, breaking her own school record for the second time this month.

She won ahead of Kaila Jackson, who also did a PB of 7.16s and Jadyn Mays (7.19s).

Young sensation Ofili, who broke into the limelight last year and also claimed medals in Birmingham, finished in 22.53s to win the women’s 200m at the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas

The Louisiana State University student’s time is just 0.01s off the world lead and also a meet record. Talitha Diggs ran a PB of 22.65s to finish second.

On his part, Ibadin began his season at the Alachua County Invitational in Florida and ran a new PB of 2 minutes, 20.34 seconds to finish second in the men’s 1000m.

Despite not winning the race, he broke the Nigerian national record in the event by over two seconds.

At the NM Team Open in New Mexico, national athlete Alaba Akintola finished second in the men’s 200m, clocking a new PB and school record of 20.63s.

He was beaten by Tapiwanashe Makarawu, who finished in a new Zimbabwean national record of 20.46s.

At the UNM Team Open, Esther Isa pulled off a season’s best of 1.84m, which is an NCAA top 10 mark, to win the women’s high jump.

Her Nigerian teammate Benjamin Onyekwelu finished third in the men’s long jump with 7.50m.

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