Uhunoma Osazuwa wins African Championships in National Record

Uhunoma Osazuwa wins African Championships in National Record

Uhunoma Osazuwa of Nigeria in top of the podium for the African Championships Womens Heptathlon
Uhunoma Osazuwa of Nigeria in top of the podium for the African Championships Womens Heptathlon

Day 3 and 4 of African Championships in Durban, South Africa was host to another Nigerian National Record at the hands and feet of Uhunoma Osazuwa. Her Gold Medal Performance of 6153 points broke her own national record from last years (2015) Nigerian Championships of 6106. The first day started off with a bang in the 100m hurdles where Uhunoma ran a seasonal best of 13.32 to take second in the event. She followed that up with a strong 1.83m ( 6′-0″ ) High Jump and a 12.87m( 42′-2.7″ ) in the shotput, just .04m off her season best. Uhunoma closed the day with a strong 200m performance of 24.19.

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24: Uhunoma Osazuwa of Nigeria in the high jump of the heptathlon during the morning session of day 3 of the CAA 20th African Senior Championships at Kings Park Athletic stadium on June 24, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 24: Uhunoma Osazuwa of Nigeria in the high jump of the heptathlon during the morning session of day 3 of the CAA 20th African Senior Championships at Kings Park Athletic stadium on June 24, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Day 2 of the Heptathlon began with a second place finish by 0.01m in the Long Jump with a mark of 6.24m ( 20′-5.7″ ). The Javelin toss of 36.30m ( 119′-1″ ) was much shorter than she would have hoped for. This did set her up to chase the Olympic Standard of 6200 points in the final event, 800m run.

Uhunoma Ozasuwa of Nigeria before Heptathlon 800m at African Championships 2016 - Durban, South Africa
Uhunoma Osazuwa of Nigeria before Heptathlon 800m at African Championships 2016 – Durban, South Africa

With a personal best set last year (2015) at All-African Games of 2:20.12 and a recent personal best of 2:19.71 set a few weeks ago, Osazuwa knew she had to run hard to hit the standard. As she finished the 800m, which she led from start to finish, she ran a huge personal best of 2:17.50 for 858 points. She ended the meet with a new National Record for Nigeria of 6153, just short of the Olympic Standard.  She is in great form and we are proud of her strong performance. With Nigerian National Championships around the corner, we are excited about Uhunoma achieving the Olympic Standard and bringing home a gold medal from National Championships.

africanchamps2016_uhunoma_flagCongratulations Uhunoma Osazuwa, African Champion and National Record holder.