By Dare Esan:
Reigning Nigeria high jump queen, Doreen Amata, on Thursday at the Banskobystricka High Jump Meeting in Slovakia improved her eight-year-old Nigeria indoor record by four centimetres to 1.93m and moved within four centimetres of making the 1.97m entry standard for next month’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, USA.
Amata, twice finalist at the IAAF flagship event, the World Outdoor Championship, is currently joint sixth on the IAAF top list of performers so far this year and a sure bet for the World Indoors if the ranking stays like this till March 7 when qualification period is closed.
The high jump and Pole Vault events in Portland will be held as straight finals with twelve athletes starting in each event. Entries will be determined by a
combination of entry standards and ranking.
One of only three Nigerians to make the finals of their events in Beijing last year at the IAAF Worlds, Amata, denied a chance of benefitting from the International Olympic Training Fund by the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, opened her season with a 1.85m height in Split, Croatia on January 29, 2016.
Two other Nigerians have also qualified for the Indoor event in Portland and they are shot putter Stephen Mozia and quartermiler Rilwan Adekunle Fasasi.
Mozia qualified via his 21.11m national record-breaking effort late last month which is far above the 20.50m qualification standard set by the IAAF while Fasasi will be in Portland after running 46.68 seconds in the 400m on January 30 in Fayetteville, Arizona, USA.