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Osazuwa sets new Nigerian record; Ogunlewe, George, Odele shock on Day 2 of Nigerian Championships

Uhunoma Naomi Osazuwa sets new national record of 6,106 points to secure victory in Heptathlon; Seye Ogunlewe, Patience George and Tega Odele upset favourites on Day 2 of the 2015 Nigerian Championships in Warri on Friday.

Uhunoma Naomi Osazuwa / Photo Credit: Yomi Omogbeja
Uhunoma Naomi Osazuwa at the African Athletics Championships in 2012 / Photo copyrights: Yomi Omogbeja / AthleticsAfrica.Com

Uhunoma Naomi Osazuwa sets a new national record of 6,106 points to secure victory in Heptathlon on Day 2 of the 2015 Nigerian Athletics Championships at the Warri Township stadium in Delta-State on Friday 31 July.

[link id=”807″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Osazuwa”] endured a hard two-day session over the seven multi-events to erase her personal best of 6,049 points, set in Ottawa, Canada in May 2012.

Uhunoma Osazuwa’s performance also surpass the IAAF qualifying standard of 6,075 points to guarantee her an automatic qualification spot for Beijing 2015 World Championships this month.

Oluwakemi Ruth Francis finished a distant second with a total of 5,406 points while Moe Sasegbon came third with a total of 5,353 points.

In the men’s 100m final, [link id=”808″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Seye Ogunlewe”] caused an upset after clocking 10.19 secs to beat the defending champion [link id=”150″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Ogho-Oghene Egwero”] (10.21) to the second position.

Okeudo Jonathan Nmaju took the third position in 10.33 secs ahead of former champion Obinna Metu (10.35) and the fastest sprinter on the home circuit this year, [link id=”758″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Nicholas Imhoaperamhe”] (10.37).

[link id=”810″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Peter Tega Odele”] shocked the field to snatch the men’s 200m gold in 20.47 secs ahead of former national champions, Obinna Metu (20.57) and Ogho-Oghene Egwero (20.60), while Jonathan Nmaju claimed the fourth position in 20.90.

African Junior 200m champion Praise Idamadudu clocked 23.48 secs to become new women’s champion ahead of Ngozi Onwumere (23.54) and race favourite, 100m champion, [link id=”152″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Gloria Asumnu”] (23.74).

[link id=”505″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Lawretta Ozoh”] was fourth in 23.95 secs with [link id=”737″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Dominique Duncan”] fifth in 24.16 secs.

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[link id=”809″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Patience Okon George”] won the women’s 400m gold in 51.31 secs, followed by [link id=”153″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Regina George”] (51.65), Margaret Etim (52.64) and Vivian Rita Ossai (52.84).

Chidi Okezie took the men’s 400m title in 46.15 secs ahead of Nathaniel Samson (46.20), [link id=”162″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Noah Akwu”] (46.38), Robert Simmons (46.56) and [link id=”759″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Orukpe Erayokan”] (46.58).

[link id=”482″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Amaka Ogoegbunam”] won the women’s 400m hurdles in 55.78 secs ahead of [link id=”157″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Ajoke Odumosu”] (56.56) while Glory Nathaniel was third in 57.44 secs.

Miles Ukaoma took the men’s 400m hurdles in 48.84 secs, followed by Henry Okorie (50.24) in second position and former national champion [link id=”435″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Cris Amaechi Morton “](50.54) in third position.

Blessing Ibukun Ibrahim won the women’s Triple jump with a best jump of 13.32m (+1.3) with Hope Idhe second with 13.11m (+1.2) and Uche Brown third with 12.42m (+1.4).

Theddus Okpara claimed the men’s High jump gold with a best height of 2.10m with Obiora Arinze (2.05m) second and Abayomi Ashipa (2.05m) in third.



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