Two athletes representing Nigeria at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Tobi Amusan, and Enoch Adegoke have broken the country’s records in athletics with Enoch qualifying for the final of the 100m men’s event and Tobi
For the first time in 25 years, Nigeria will have a representative in the final of the 100m men’s event at the Olympic Games. This is as a result of Enoch Adegoke breaking the jinx on Sunday, 1st August 2021, by qualifying for the final of 100m men’s event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Adegoke, who is participating in the Olympic Games for the very first time, qualified for the final after running 10.00 secs in his semi-final race.
Before now, the last time Nigeria qualified to the final in the men’s 100m event was at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, a feat achieved by Davidson Ezinwa.
Adegoke beat Asian record holder, Femi Ogunode, British star, Zharnel Hughes, and 2021 World leader, Travon Brommel, to win his 100m heat.
It was a tight race for the Men’s 100m semi’s which ended in a photo-finish with Adegoke ending up in second place in 10:00seconds, the same time as American, T Brommell, while Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes who clocked 9:98secs, came in the first place.
Amusan has also won her first semi-finals in women’s 100m hurdles, clocking in 12.62 seconds, thereby becoming the first Nigerian to qualify for the 100m hurdles finals at the Olympics, and in the process, breaking Nigeria’s 21 years Old record set by Gloria Alozie at Sydney 2000.
The 23-year old had on Saturday, 31st July 2021, won Heat 3 of the 100m Women’s Hurdles with a time of 12.72 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals before running a faster time to also win her semi-final race on Sunday, 1st August 2021.
Story: Hilda Katu
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