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Eke Salone 400 meters record ratified   

May 3, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Sierra Leonean America-based runner, Catherine Ugo Eke, has officially been ratified and confirmed as Sierra Leone’s new 400 meters record holder after clocking 52.37 seconds at the 52.37 Los Angeles (Drake Stadium) in 2012.

Eke, who last represented Sierra Leone at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, ran the now ratified time back in 2012 when she was working towards qualifying for the London 2012 Games but due to some technicality which has now been resolved, her time will now stand as the new national record.

The new record will now replace that of the legendary Melrose Mansaray’s 53.87 seconds, which she ran back in France in 1994.

Eke’s is one of the earliest Sierra Leonean athletes based in America to commit themselves to running for Sierra Leone on the International level, with several now following suit.

In 2011, Eke was named female track athlete of the year at the University of California. She was born in the United States but has chosen to represent Sierra Leone. She missed out on qualification for the US Olympic team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London by 0.02 seconds in the 400m event and since then has been representing Sierra Leone.

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