Gold Coast 2018: Seye Ogunlewe and Enoch Adegoke make 100m final
After much ado, the Nigerian athletes took to the track at the Carrara stadium in Gold Coast, Australia and our presence was felt as two sprinters; Seye Ogunlewe and Enoch Adegoke ran impressively to make the 100m final.
100m Commonwealth Games winner, Enoch was the men to beat in the Men’s 100m heat 3 with a Personal Best of 10.19s to defeat more experienced British athlete Harry Aikines (10.30s) and Trindad’s Emmanuel Callender (10.41s). He later went on to win his semifinal again in 10.24s and will be hoping to run faster in the final tomorrow.
National Champion, Seye Ogunlewe finished 2nd in his heat behind Games favorite Yohan Blake in a Season’s Best of 10.20s bettering his 10.23s from the 3rd Golden League in Abuja. The gangly sprinter proceeded to the semifinal where he finished 3rd in 10.20s and entered the final as the first fastest loser.
Egwero Ogho-Oghene was the 3rd Nigerian in the 100m and he finished 3rd in his heat with 10.38s though he qualified for the semis but could only produce a 10.42s to finish 6th.
In the men’s one lap event, Chidi Okezie had the best performance by a Nigerian, running a massive Season’s Best of 45.84s to finish 4th in his heat and qualifying for the semis as fastest loser.
Nathaniel Samson finished 2nd in his heat with 46.41s while Orukpe Erayokan finished 4th in 47.19s. Samson sailed to the semis as Orukpe didn’t qualify.
In the Women’s event, Isoken Igbonisun (11.69s), Jeniffer Madu (11.62s) and Joy Udo-Gabriel (11.42s) all sailed through to the semi final of the 100m. Though they all bowed out in the semis as Isoken finished 7th in 11.85s, Jeniffer Madu (11.59s) and Joy (11.53s) but it was a commendable performace from the Nigerian ladies.
In the Men’s Shot Put, Chukwuebuke Enekwechi finsihed 2nd in Group A wih a distanc of 20.66m to qualify for the final while Eke Kalu bowed out finishing 6th in Group B with 17.62m.
We wish Seye and Enoch the very best in the final! Go make us proud!