The Warri Relays and CAA Grand Prix on Friday at the Warri Township Stadium in Delta State recorded successes as records were erased for fresher and more fascinating ones.
The Nigerian 4×400m men did put up a high standard performance to grab qualification ticket for the IAAF World Championships scheduled for August in Moscow.
Women hammer thrower Queen Obisesan reached the 62.98m mark to erase Funke Adeoye’s 62.75m set in 2006. In the men steeple chase, Sudi Hamajam thrashed Zacharia Fwangfur’s life-long 8.58.56secs, when he coasted home at 8.55.78secs.
The most spectacular performance of the evening involved the Noah Akwu-anchored Nigerian 4×400m as they calmed the nerves of excited officials to a respectable 3.04.26m to beat the 3.05.00 world championships qualification standard.
“Certainly they have shown what they can do and I am sure at the All Nigeria/Cross River Championships they will run it,” former sprinter Uchenna Emedolu said.
Home boy Ogho Oghene Egwero ran his season best of 10.16sec, a fraction of seconds shy of the 10.15sec world standard. Junior athlete Harry Chukwudike came second with his 10.47secs, while US Mathew Pritchest returned 10.50secs.
In the 100m women’s sprint, Gloria Asumnu’s 11.34secs edged junior athlete Peace Ukoh who returned 11.41secs and Mariam Basseys 11.60secs to third position.