I admit I wrote an error yesterday in terms of the next event to focus on for the Commonwealth Games. Harvard’s throwing rising sophomore, Nikki Okwelogu, ended up competing in the women’s shot put last night (not the discus as I erroneously reported – sorry about that!). In the finals-only event, Okwelogu finished 9th in the field with a best mark of 15.13 meters (49-07 3/4) that she set on her first throw of the competition. The mark ties her best performance from last week’s World Junior Championships, where she had finished 11th in that final. Okwelogu was a last minute addition to the shot put field – Team Nigeria wanted her to compete as she won their national championships in this event in June and had been a World Junior Championship finalist last week.
“Being a part of The Games was the coolest experience of my career. I was just in awe of the whole stadium and everything going on in it. I’d seen meets like this on TV, and though it’s always been a goal of mine, I never truly believed I’d be at a competition of this large a scale with such great competitors. I originally wasn’t planning on coming because my season has been very long, and I’m starting to get mentally and physically tired, but I’m so glad I did come and didn’t miss out on such a great opportunity,” Okwelogu shared with Hepstrack via text.
The event was dominated by New Zealand’s Valerie Adams with a heave of 19.88 meters (65-02 3/4), who is now the three-time gold medalist in this event at the Commonwealth Games (Adams has won plenty of other gold medals, too – you should read up on her).
Hopefully, Okwelogu will get a chance to enjoy some summer before she competes in the African Championships from August 10th to 14th.
The next round of Ivy action at the Commonwealth Games will be tomorrow afternoon at 3:55pm EST, where Princeton grad Damon McLean will compete in the triple jump qualifying rounds for Team Jamaica. If we are missing anyone, please let us know as not all of the event start lists for tomorrow’s action are available at this time of publication.
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