Top 5 World athletes' best performers

WEEKEND WRAP Top 5 World athletes' best performers

Funmilayo Fameso 20:50 - 30.01.2023

Some performances stood out last weekend. Here's the top 5 world athlete's best performers.

So many fantastic performances took place last weekend, as several athletes made their indoor debuts while others built on the momentum they have started with since the beginning of the year.

With the World Athletics Indoor Tour officially kicking off last weekend, more elite athletes are now kicking off their season at various meets globally.

Based on their performances, here are the top five best performers from last weekend.

1 - Keely Hodgkinson's World Record 

World Championships 800m Silver medallist, Keely Hodgkinson made a record-breaking season debut, breaking the world indoor 600m best with a 1:23.41 run at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Bronze meeting in Manchester, UK, on Saturday (28). 

Keely Hodgkinson is the 600m indoor WR holder

Racing the distance for the first time and on her home track, the 20-year-old took 0.03 off the previous world best of 1:23.44 set by Olga Kotlyarova in 2004.

2 - Yared Nuguse's North American Indoor Record

Nuguse's 3000m season opener of 7:28.24 at the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic on Friday (27), is the fastest ever time by a US athlete, indoors or outdoors, to move to ninth on the world indoor all-time list topped by Daniel Komen’s 7:24.90 set in 1998.

Yared Nuguse clocked an indoor 3000m American Record

Behind him, Sam Atkin broke Mo Farah’s British Record with 7:31.97 for the runner-up spot, while Spain’s Mario Garcia was third in a PB of 7:34.74,

3 - Aleia Hobbs stunning 6.98s 

Hobbs made a strong statement on the fantastic form she's in this season at the Razorback Invitational on Saturday, first blazing to a Personal Best (PB) of 7.05s in the 60m heats, which took 0.02 off her previous best set when winning the NCAA title in 2018.

Aleia Hobbs clocked a PB of 6.98s at Razorback Invitational

Then in the final, she stormed to a stunning 6.98s to win the race, becoming the 13th woman to ever dip under seven seconds in the discipline.

The performance puts her equal ninth on the world indoor 60m all-time list, matching the marks recorded by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson.

4 - Ruth Usoro's stunning long jump world-lead

Nigeria's long and triple jumper, Ruth Usoro soared to an outstanding PB and world-leading distance of 6.87m to win the long jump final at the Texas Tech Open and Multis.

Ruth Usoro leaped to a world lead of 6.87m last week

Her mark surpassed the World Championships automatic qualifying standard of 6.85m and is the second farthest by an African female jumper on the indoor all-time list, behind Chioma Ajunwa's African Record (AR) of 6.97m. 

5 - Kyle Garland's outstanding heptathlon performance 

Kyle Garland had the best heptathlon campaign of his career so far at the Texas Tech Invite in Lubbock on Thursday and Friday (26-27), scoring 6415 points to soar up to equal eighth on the world indoor all-time list.

Kyle Garland

Garland won NCAA titles in both the decathlon and heptathlon last year. The 22-year-old also made another significant accomplishment in Lubbock, achieving PBs in five of the seven events during the two-day contest.