Seye Ogunlewe narrowly misses Bronze as Chukwuebuka Enekwechi wins Silver medal
It was a remarkable day on Monday when four Nigerians made the final of the Men’s 100m and Shot Put.
Junior sensation Enoch Adegoke and National Champion, Seye Ogunlewe made the 100m final and performed well. The final sprang up surprises as race favourite Yohan Blake was beaten to third place by South Africa’s duo; Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruinjies in 10.03s and 10.17s respectively. He was almost edged out by Nigeria’s Seye Ogunlewe, despite posting the same time of 10.19s, the 3rd position was decided by reaction time. Blake was 0.139 while Seye was 0.143. It’s always painful to finish 4th but it really shows that the 3-time National Champion is in shape ahead of the African Championships in Australia. It’s worthy to note that Nigeria will be the host country for the Championships.
Blake was awarded the bronze despite finishing in a dead heat time of 10.19 with Ogunlewe. Not only was Blake awarded the bronze on the basis of his quicker reaction time, he was also the fastest qualifier for the final.
The photo finish shows Ogunlewe, running from lane two, crossed the line first with his legs and head with his torso also inseparable from Blake’s torso in the final frame.
The photo finish image was sent to Gold Coast 2018’s official Twitter account on Monday — prompting a response from Games officials.
“Hi, it’s great everyone is so excited about such a close finish,” Gold Coast 2018 responded.
“The IAAF rules state it is the torso that needs to cross the line, and specifically not the head, neck or limbs. Thanks”
After much debate concerning Seye’s inclusion in the Nigerian team, it was indeed a great move by the Ministry because he certainly performed beyond their expectations.
It was the first time in 20 years the Commonwealth sprint crown has left the Caribbean and almost became a 1-2-3 for Africa..
After a promising performance in the heat and semis, Adegoke best wasn’t enough in the final, after analysing his race, we were able to find out that inexperienced could have played in as he had run his best before the final. He finished 7th in 10.35s.
It was still a wonderful outing for the 100m Commonwealth Games trials winner as he will have a lot to learn as he looks forward to a better performance at the IAAF World Juniors and African Champs later in the year.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi swept us off our feat with his scintillating performance in the Men’s Shot Put final. He finished 2nd in Group A of the qualifying round and went on to finish second again in the final with a Personal Best of 21.14m.
Another Nigerian who competed in the Shot Put final was Eke Kalu. This is the first time the Thrower will be competing in an international competition and he did his best to finish 12th in 17.89m. Kalu disclosed to theathleticheat.com before departure that he trained alone and God is his coach. “Since we arrived Abuja, I have been training alone. My coach wasn’t invited to camp. God is my coach.” He stated.