Nigeria’s fastest man, Enoch Adegoke chose the biggest stage in sports to shine and join the exclusive club of sub-10 seconds runners after finished first in 9.98 seconds in his first round heat to qualify for the 100m semifinal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Also through to the semifinal is Ushoritse Itshekiri who placed third in his first round heat while Nigeria’s third entrant in the event, Divine Oduduru was disqualified for false starting. Adegoke has been drawn against the same athletes he defeated, Brommel, Nigeria-born Qatari, Femi Ogunode and Britain’s Zhana Hughes in the second semifinal heat while Itshekiri will run in the first semifinal and has been drawn against four sprinters who have ducked inside 10 seconds this season led by Canadian, Andre De Grasse.
Meanwhile Nwokocha failed to advance to the women’s 100m final after finishing fifth in her semifinal heat with another sub- 11.10 seconds performance, the second in two days.
The 20 year old performance has been remarkable after becoming the fastest Nigeria based athlete since Mercy Nku ran 11.04 seconds in 1997 in Benin City. In the 100m hurdles Tobi Amusan ran 12.72 seconds to win her first round heat and keep her hope of becoming the second Nigerian to win a sprint hurdles medal at the Olympics after Glory Alozie won a silver medal in Sydney in 2000. The 24 year old has been drawn to run from lane five in the first semifinal heat at 11.45 am (Nigeria time) on Saturday.