Former national quartermile queen, Regina George Sunday in Kawasaki, Japan improved her African 2015 400m lead to 51.30 seconds as she bids to reclaim her national title come next month in Calabar.
She is also hoping to become only the third Nigerian woman to run in the final of the 400m at the IAAF World Championship this August in Beijing after Falilat Ogunkoya (1995,1997,1999 and 2001) and Fatimah Yusuf (1995).
Two years ago,George made it to the semi-final of the event at the Moscow IAAF Worlds and ran a 50.84 personal best in the process.
Last year the former USA junior international lost her national title and could not break 51 seconds in the event,running a 51.30 seconds personal season’s best,a time she has now repeated this term.
Also in action at the weekend was Blessing Okagbare who clocked 11.05 seconds to place second behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson (10.97) at the Jamaican Invitational race.
Other Nigerians who have been up and doing in the circuit this outdoor season includes national shot put record holder,Stephen Mozia who has a 20.18 season’s best (and a 60.91m in the Discus);high jumper, Doreen Amata who has cleared 1.90m this season and Tyron Akins, one of the many ‘imported Americans’ competing for Nigeria who ran 13.58 seconds last month in the 110m hurdles.