Amata’s national record, Osayemi and Metu’s double at Nigerian trials

Submitted by Yomi Omogbeja on 4 July 2008 - 1:00am

Doreen Amata set a new national women's high jump record; and Obinna Metu and Damola Osayemi took the sprints double as the NNPC/ExxonMobil Nigeria Track & Field Championships/Olympics trials ended last night in Abuja.

Amata cleared a height of 1.95m to further improve her old mark by 0.05 metres.

Patience Okoro was second with a clearance of 1.65m and Hope Aruya was third on count back despite also scaling 1.65m. Chioma Enemo settled for fourth place as she could only manage to clear 1.55m.

Godday James won the men’s 400m in 45.36secs with Saul Weigopwa second in 45.80secs and Bola Lawal third in 46.27secs.

University of South Alabama’s Gbenga Awoleye, who has just moved down from the 800m, was fourth in 46.43secs.  Victor Isaiah (fifth in 46.57secs) and Femi Ogunode (sixth in 46.58secs) completes the men’s 4x400m relay team.

Race favourite Sade Abugan took the women’s 400m in 51.00secs ahead of Joy Eze (51.41secs) who just overtook 400m hurdling champion Ajoke Odumosu of Nike (15.50secs) at the finish.

Toyin Augustus won the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.10secs with Jessica Ohanaja second in 13.37secs and Joy Digha third in 13.46secs.

Selim Nurudeen won the men’s 110 hurdles in 13.88secs ahead of Samuel Okon (13.93secs) whilst Deinma Afiesimama (14.13secs) edged out William Vesse (13.17secs) for the bronze medal.

Sprint double

Damola Osayomi and Obinna Metu took the double by both winning the men’s and women’s 200m finals to add the shorter sprint titles won yesterday.

Osayemi cruised to the title in 22.74 secs ahead of Gloria Kemasuode (23.24secs) and Helen Emedolu (23.57secs).

Obinna Metu won the men’s title in another personal best of 20.55 with Musa Deji second in 20.81secs and Olamide Oduwole was third in 21.22secs.

Blessing Okagbare won the women’s Triple Jump with 14.07m beating Brenda Toluwani Faluade (13.79m) to the second place and Demike Nkiruka was third with a jump of 13.76m.

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