National 400m champion Patience Okon-George and national hammer record holder Queen Obisesan have qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia after meeting the qualification standards of their events.
Okon-George ran 51.94 secs in the final of the women’s 400m on Sunday at the Nigeria Golden League at the University of Port Harcourt while Obisesan erased her former national record of 63.79m with a superior mark of 65.01m.
Okon-George surpassed the ‘A’ standard of the event pegged at 52.10 seconds while Obisesan met the ‘B’ standard of the Commonwealth Games pegged at 61.70m. The ‘A’ standard of the women’s hammer event is 67.30m.
The trials for the Games, which is expected to feature, featuring foreign and home-based athletes come up in Uyo from February 14 to 17.
Some of the standards required for the various events include 10.15 secs and 11.26secs for the men and women’s 100m. The standard for the 200m is 20.44secs and 23.10secs for the men and women’s events.
In other results, Esther Isah won the women’s high jump after scaling a height of 1.75m while Emmanuel Arowolo won the men’s 200m in 21.53 secs.
Kalu Onwuka won the men’s shot put with a 17.90m throw while Isoken Igbinosun won the women’s 200m in 23.70 secs. Abejoye Oyeniyi won the men’s 110m hurdles in 14.10 secs.