Nigerian jumper, Ruth Usoro, made history after setting a new National Record in Triple Jump in the Texas Tech Corky Classic. In her first attempt of the year, She hit a remarkable 14.28m distance in the triple jump. Her achievement beat the previous 10-year record of 13.76m set by Nkeiruka Domike.
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Apart from the fact that Usoro competed Indoor, her 14.28m feat eclipsed the 14.21m Outdoor record set during the 2017 African Games in Algiers by Chinonye Ohadugha. Aside from becoming a two-time All-American and two-time Big 12 Champion in Lubbock, during her first season, She now holds the record for the best indoor Triple jump distance in the world so far in 2021.
Furthermore, the triple jump distance hit by Usoro is the second farthest in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history behind the 14.53m set by Georgia’s Keturah Orji in 2018.
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As expected, Usoro’s feat was an easy school record (by over two-and-a-half feet) and emerged as a facility record for the SPC. She also set a meet record after emerging the winner of the long jump event with a 6.51 mark.
Reacting to her achievements, She admitted to being surprised at hitting such heights this early in 2021.
‘I was really surprised when I saw it. I wasn’t expecting it at this time. It’s so early. I am just very thankful to God right now.’
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