Uruemu Idejsa makes comeback with 10.38s at CWG trials
Commonwealth Games trials had a lot up it’s sleeves which we will be sharing this weekend and one of it, was the massive comeback by Commonwealth Youth Gold medalist Idjesa Uruemu who after running 10.37s at the Games in Samoa in 2015 became a shadow of himself as he wasn’t able to run such times till on Wednesday 14th February, during the 100m heat where he surprisingly posted a time of 10.49s to finish 2nd behind Itsekiri Usheoritse (10.46s).
It was an unnoticed comeback by athletic buffs for the Ughelli native until he bettered his time in the semifinal to confirm his arrival. He won the race ahead of Golden League leader Usheoritse and Arowolo Emmanuel in a Season’s Best of 10.42s.
At that point, it became evident that he would be a favorite in the final as he had the fastest time going into the final as more experienced athletes like Seye Ogunlewe and Egwero Ogho-Oghene couldn’t go as fast as the Uniport sophomore student did.
Of course, he didn’t disappoint in the final as he bettered his previous Season’s Best with a time of 10.38s to finish 3rd behind surprise winner Enoch Adegoke (10.32s) and Egwero (10.38s). What a smooth progression!!!
Just like in Samoa, he had the fastest time in the semis with a PB of 10.37s but could only manage a 5th place in the final with 10.47s. This time around, despite not winning, he improved on his time which is commendable.
In an interview with theathleticheat.com, he attributed his success to hardwork and determination.
“What really motivated me to come back was my coach (Esabunor Mavuah) and my parents. They supported me a lot. I was hearing a lot of people say i couldn’t do a 10.37s again, that I’m just fading away gradually and still the help of some of my teammates in school like Jerry Japka ,Ese Oguma etc that kept telling me if you really want it then prove them wrong! So I just worked hard and God came through for me.” He said with excitement.
He wasn’t done yet! He competed in the Men’s 200m winning heat 6 with a Personal Best of 21.64s. Prior to the trials, he ran a PB of 22.00s at the 2nd Golden League in Port Harcourt, that’s shaving off 0.36s from his time. On the morning of Day 3, he finished 2nd in his semifinal behind Arowolo Emmanuel (21.51s) who inspired him to set another PB of 21.60s.
This built his confidence more as he entered the final with a positive mind of finishing in Top 3 .
“Going into the 200m I was really hoping to take the Gold. Though I knew it aint going be easy so I was ready to settle for whatever God gave me and after my loss in the 100m to 3rd position I just kept telling myself before the race “Uruemu let’s go for first 2- a gold or settle for 2nd place” and after the race I saw myself in 2nd position i wasn’t really tired though because I knew I did something and I was kind of happy. All thanks to God All Mighty.” He stated while speaking to our correspondent in Abuja.
Just as planned, he finished 2nd again behind the 200m king Arowolo Emmanuel who ran a massive Personal Best of 20.96s, thereby inspiring the NUGA Champion, Uruemu to finish with another PB of 21.22s edging out Jeremiah Jakpa who was tipped to win the race but he could only manage a 3rd place in 21.26s.
This is indeed a massive comeback for Uruemu Idjesa after suffering various challenges 3 years after his breakout year in 2015 and he did it in grand style. With his performance at this trials, he seems to have a slot in the Commonwealth Games team but only time will tell as the official list hasn’t been released.
Well done Uruemu! You can only get faster!
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