A new women’s 100m champion has emerged following the absence of Commonwealth double champion, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor at the ongoing National Championships in Warri.
US-based Gloria Asumnu sprinted to her first 100m title on Thursday with a victory against a tough field that included the likes of Stephanie Kalu, Ngozi Onwumere, Deborah Odeyemi, Nkem Ezealah and Dominique Duncan.
She clocked a Season’s Best (SB) of 11.42s ahead of Kalu (11.47s) and Odeyemi (11.66s) on Day 1 of the Nigerian Trials.
This is a second consecutive victory for the sprinter who won the same event at the Warri Relays last week. However, Asumnu’s time is still short of the qualifying mark for the forthcoming IAAF World Championships, and so she haboured mixed feelings over her win:
“My time doesn’t qualify me for the 100m in Beijing though I can run in the relays. I was constrained by the track because it is bumpy and not meant for a championship; it was windy as well, so these are not winning conditions.
As you can see, no one has run fantastic times here so it kind of sucks. I will probably run in more meets in Europe”, she said.


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