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Amata sets Nigerian indoor record in Banska Bystrica

Doreen Amata improved her Nigerian indoor record to 1.93m at the 22nd Banskobystricka latka High Jump Meeting in the Slovak city of Banska Bystrica on Thursday, but misses out on the African indoor record.

Nigeria's Doreen Amata soaring to new Nigerian record of 1.93m at the Banskobystrická latka 2016, Banská Bystrica, 4 Februay, 2016 / Photo credit: SITA/Jakub Julény
Nigeria's Doreen Amata soaring to new Nigerian record of 1.93m at the Banskobystrická latka 2016, Banská Bystrica, 4 Februay, 2016 / Photo credit: SITA/Jakub Julény

Nigerian high jump record-holder, Doreen Amata, improved her national record to 1.93m at the 22nd edition of the Banskobystricka latka High Jump Meeting in the Slovak city of Banska Bystrica on Thursday (February 4)

added two centimetres to the Nigeria‘s indoor record she set eight years ago to win the women’s competition.

But she failed to make the IAAF World Indoor Championships, Portland 2016 qualifying standard of 1.97m after three failures at 1.98m – which would have been an African indoor record.

The 2007 and 2011 champion made history by becoming the first non-European winner of the women’s event of the specialised high jump competition in Banska Bystrica.

Sweden’s Sofie Skoog cleared a lifetime best height of 1.91m for second while world youth champion Michaela Hruba managed to clear 1.91m on her third and final attempt for third place.

Top Results – High Jump Women

  1. Doreen Amata (Nigeria) 1.93m – a national record
  2. Sofia Skoog (Sweden) 1.91m – a personal record
  3. Michaela Hruba (Czech Republic) 1.91m
  4. Isobel Pooley (Great Britain) 1.88m
  5. Levern Spencer (Saint Lucia) 1.88m
  6. Julia Levčenková (Ukraine) 1.88m

Yomi is the founder of Africa's number one track and field website - AthleticsAfrica. A multi award-winning editor, journalism innovator, media trainer, sports and digital transformation consultant.

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