Queen Obisesan and Fedekemi Olude set new national records in the women’s hammer and 20km race walk at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria’s Commonwealth Games Trials at the National Stadium, Abuja, on Friday.
Obisesan, who had earlier set a national record earlier in the year at the AFN Golden League in Port-Harcourt, improved on her previous mark of 65.01m. She first threw a new personal best and national record of 66.20m, which she further extended to 66.86m in the final to win the event.
Obisesan had earlier qualified for the hammer event after she met the Commonwealth Games Association’s standard in the event at the Port Harcourt Golden League in January.
In the 20km race walk, Olude set a new national record of 1:44:52.21 to erase the previous record set by Queen Henshaw.
Obisesan told Making of Champions that her target was to set a new Commonwealth Games record as well as win gold when the competition begins in Gold Coast, Australia in April. In other events, Patience Okon-George won the women’s 400m in 51.40secs ahead of Yinka Ajayi, who finished in 52.49secs, and Praise Idamadudu who finished third in 52.92secs.
Emmanuel Bamidele won the men’s 400m in 45.28secs ahead of Orukpe Erayokan, who is second in 46.50secs, and Isah Salihu, who finished third in 4.56secs. Isoken Igbinosun won the women’s 100m in 11.55secs while Enoch Adegoke won the men’s 100m in 10.31secs ahead of Egwero Ogho-Oghene, who finished second in 10.38secs.
Igbinosun also won the women’s 200m in 23.34secs to beat Mercy Ntia-Obong to second place with a 23.34secs finish. Emmanuel Arowolo won the men’s 200m in 20.96secs.
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