…As Obikwelu Stun World Champion
Nigeria Middle Tennessee sprinter, Noah Akwu will this week return to the track as he takes on other athletes in the United State of America for the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships which will take place at Texas A&M University this weekend. Noah will be running the 200m.
Akwu will be the second athlete from Tennessee to represent the school after putting up some splendid performances that saw him winning athlete of the week award on two occasions during the 2011 indoors.
Akwu earned the first conference nod of his MT career for his fourth place finish in the 400 meters and also held the top Sun Belt mark. He bettered his standing time by almost a half second, clocking a time of 47.49 seconds at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships in Jonesboro, Ark., becoming the first MTSU runner to win the event since 2006.
It would be recalled that Akwu played a key part in the Blue Raiders, as the Middle Tennessee is also called in winning the Sun Belt Conference indoor title last Monday.
Akwu won the 400 and the 200 meters, he also ran one leg of MTSU’s victorious 4x400 relay team.
With at least a part of three first-place finishes, Akwu helped MTSU’s men win their third indoor league title. For his pivotal performance, Akwu is the BlueRaiders.com Athlete of the Week.
In a related development, University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) sprinter, Endurance Abinuwa will also take part at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NACC) championships this week.
Abinuwa will run the 400m and will be joined by another UTEP sprinter, Kimaiyo.
Meanwhile, Nigeria born and Portugal sprinter, Francis Obikwelu on Sunday upset defending champion Dwain Chambers and home favorite Christophe Lemaitre to seize the 60 metres title at the European indoor championships in a national record of 6.53 seconds.