Tripple jump king Oke takes ninth position in Diamond Race ranking

Tripple jump king Oke takes ninth position in Diamond Race ranking

Nigeria’s triple jump athlete Tosin Oke has moved to ninth position in the Diamond Race ranking, as he finished fifth on Thursday at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

Oke hopped, stepped and jumped 16.30m, which gained him two more points in the Diamond Race, while reigning world champion Christian Taylor of the USA with 17.95m won the event and added 30 points in the Diamond Race, putting him further in front, with the nearest person, Doris Troy of Guyana, 23 points behind.

Oke achieved the 16.30m with a -0.2 meters per second headwind, however that happened to be his worst so far this season after hopping, stepping and jumping 16.73m personal season’s best on the opening day of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar on May 6.

He improved to a wind-aided 16.87m on May 22 at the Fanny Blankers-Koen meet in Hengelo, Holland.

Meanwhile, high jump star Doreen Amata says she is still having troubles with the South African embassy in the USA over visa for next week’s African Championships in Athletics.

After clearing 1.95m at a meeting in the USA late last month, Amata is looking forward to breaking the jinx in the female high jump record. No Nigerian female vertical jumper has won the African Championships title and Amata hopes to change that in Durban.

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