Surrey's Ogbeiwi sprints to 200-m silver at Hershey’s

Samantha Ogbeiwi with her silver medal in Pennsylvania. - Contributed
Samantha Ogbeiwi with her silver medal in Pennsylvania.
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Surrey’s Samantha Ogbeiwi sprinted to silver in the 200-m dash at the Hershey’s North American track and field finals over the weekend, making her mom proud – and Canada, too.

The 12-year-old Katzie Elementary student Samantha Ogbeiwi "had a gorgeous run" in Hershey, Pennsylvania, according to one of the announcers covering the event in a video of the race online.

Ogbeiwi, who trains with Ocean Athletics Club in South Surrey, was positioned in the outside lane, running against girls from across the U.S., and another Canadian, Lea Savard of Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

Her time of 27.85 in the 200-metre sprint for 11- and 12-year-old girls was just one-tenth of a section behind the girl who took first place, Reagan Gallagher of Pasadena, Texas, at 27.72.

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“Canada continues to show really, really well, here,” the announcer continued. “Samantha Ogbeiwi from Surrey British Columbia had a gorgeous run.”

Her mom, Dayo, was feeling very blessed and excited, and that Samantha was very happy with second place.

“She wanted to win this one,” Dayo said.  “She fought so hard on a very tough lane 8 and ran the race with all she got. She was flawless.”

Ogbeiwi is entering Grade 7 at Katzie Elementary this fall.

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