Ruth Usoro continued her blistering form this season on Friday evening when she leapt 6.82m to come out victorious at the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship, which happened at the Sports Performance Centre, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
Her performance at the event was enough to reach the 6.82m qualifying standard for the 2020 Olympics for the women’s long jump event.
The jump, which turned out to be Usoro’s personal best, was an NCCA lead and the sixth-farthest long jump mark in NCAA history.
At the Championships, Tara Davis finished second, making a jump of 6.68m, while Monae Nichols placed third with a jump of 6.46m.
According to the Punch, Usoro broke the national record in the women’s triple jump event at the Texas Tech Corky Classic in January.
The 23-year-old set a New Nigerian record after she leapt a distance of 14.28m in her first attempt, erasing the 14.21m record set by Chinonye Ohadugha at the 2007 African Games in Algiers, Algeria.