Monday, April 22, 2013

Okagbare Shine At Mt Sac Meeting

..As Akwu Gets Season Best In 200m

Nigeria’s 100m female champion and London 2012 Olympic finalist, Blessing Okagbare started her 2013 athletics season in good form as she posted the women’s best 200m time of 2013 when she won the 200m race with her finish time of 22.31 (wind +1.3m/sec) at the 55th Annual Mount SAC Relays on Saturday in Los Angeles, California.

Okagbare, who is a Nike ambassador at the elite invitation race, saw fellow Nike representative, Candyce McGrone running behind to take the second position with a time of 22.85 (wind + 1.3/sec) and Natasha Hastings takes the third position with her 22.90secs time.

The Delta born athletes also ran in the 4x100m women relay where she won it with Carmelita Jeter, Lauryn Williams and Mandy White with their 41.79secs time. It would be recalled that at the 54th edition of the relays last year, Okagbare also ran a new 22.70 personal best in the 200m to place second behind Leslie Cole (22.63).

Similarly, Noah Akwu came second in the men's 200 meter dash at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Middle Tennessee cruising to a season best time of 21.04, before following it up with a 10.69 100-meter dash time where he also finishing second at the weekend.

He however, earned his share of a title with the men's 4x100 meter relay team. The foursome of Akwu, Demetrius Shelton, Tahir Walsh and Rycine Ellison raced around the track in 41.14 to win the race.

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