Bamidele Emmanuel goes sub 46s twice in 24 hours at Commonwealth Games trials
It was a moment to behold as the stadium was erupted twice in 24 hours and it was caused by a lanky champion, Emmanuel Bamidele. The young talented athlete from Ondo state has shown over the last 3 months that he is as an athlete the whole world should watch out for.
He began his 2018 campaign at the All Comers in Abuja last November where he posted a then Season’s Best of 47.17s to take the win and book a slot in the 400m final at the 1st Golden League in Kaduna.
He went on to win the race in a PB of 46.48s. At the 2nd leg of the Golden League series in Port Harcourt last month, he outran the rest of the field to extend his lead not only on the home front but on the IAAF World list with another Personal Best of 46.11s which stood as the World Lead for two weeks.
Prior to the National trials, Athletic Analysts had predicted that at the competition he was going to run under 46s and it happened!
He briskly jogged the full lap race to post a time of 46.17s in the heat, then a massive 45.85s in the semifinal thereby becoming the sole contender for the top spot and extending his World Lead time as the closet time to his then PB was 46.33s by his training partner Orukpe Erayokan.
He was well composed in the final as he got in front of the pack while entering the home straight. It was expedient that victory was sure but what everybody anxiously waited for, including himself was the time he would stop the clock in.
He crossed the finish line in another World Lead time of 45.28s. The whole stadium was elated by this time. There was jubilation everywhere as though a World Record was broken.
The others were not left out as Orukpe Erayokan ran a brilliant race to finish 2nd in 46.40s. This shows consistency following his 46.36s in the semis while Isah Salihu was 3rd in 46.56s.
Bamidele Emmanuel occupies the top 3 fastest times in the 2018 IAAF World List in his discipline with his successive Personal Best’s of 46.11s, 45.85s and 45.28s. He is currently ranked 10th on the Nigerian All-time list edging out Moses Ugbesien.
Expect a great result from the youngster at the Commonwealth Games in April as he has been tipped to pick a medal judging by his current form and possibly go under 45s. Good luck Champ!