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Athletics: Brume jumps to world lead, Amusan struggles as Godson, Usoro, Akintola shine

IT was a case of mixed fortunes for Nigeria’s top athletes yesterday in races across the world, with Ese Brume and her brother Godson impressing while world champion Tobi Amusan still working her way back to top form.

Brume kicked the day off with a headline-grabbing performance at the inaugural Botswana Golden Grand Prix in Gaborone, recording the longest jump in the world this year.

The Olympics, World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games medallist won the women’s long jump at the event with a leap of 6.77m, which is the world lead at the moment.

The 27-year-old did not produce her winning jump until her sixth and final attempt after being in second place all through.

In contrast, world record holder Amusan, gradually building up momentum in the new outdoor season, finished fourth in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Drake Relays in the United States of America.

The world champion clocked 12.69 seconds in the race won by Tia Jones in 12.44s. Tonea Marshall was second in 12.61s, while Nia Ali came in third in 12.67s.

Brume’s younger brother Godson followed in his sister’s footsteps, winning his 100m heat at the LSU Invitational in the United States in a fast 10.01s to beat a strong field.

Da’Marcus Fleming finished second in 10.10s, and World Athletics Championships 200m silver medallist silver Erriyon Knighton was third in 10.13s.

Another Nigerian who had an impressive outing yesterday was Ruth Usoro, who produced a season’s best of 14.12m to win the women’s triple jump at the Corky/Crofoot Shootout in Lubbock, Texas. Her compatriot Onaara Obamuwagun was third with 13.73m.

Erhire Best, also a Nigerian, won the men’s event with 16.37m.

Also yesterday, Imaobong Nse-Uko ran her second fastest time in the women’s 400m this season, clocking 51.89s at the LSU Invitational to finish fourth in her heat.

Nse-Uko returned to compete in the women’s 200m event, and won her heat in 23.22s, which is her third fastest 200m, all recorded this season. She ran 23.10s and 23.21s in March.

Alaba Akintola coasted to a season’s best of 10.08s to win the men’s 100m at the Outdoor Music City Challenge in Nashville, beating Denarrion Ard (10.38s) and Jameel Walkes-Miller (10.51s).

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