By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Making of Champions’ athlete, Joy Udo-Gabriel won the women’s 100m race at the first athletic meet of 2021 holding in Akure.
Enoch Adegoke also shined on the opening day of the meet.
www.kick442.com brings you the highlights of the meet.
Making of Champions’ Joy Udo-Gabriel was unchallenged in her heat, coming through the line to easily win in a Season Best (SB) of 11.87s (0.0) to go through to the final. Praise Ofoku and Blessing Ogundiran joined her in the final, after winning heats 2 and 6 in 11.99s and 12.00s respectively.
Women’s 100m Final: Joy Udo-Gabriel emerged a clear winner ahead of Praise Idamadudu, taking the win after getting to the line in 11.72s. Idamadudu came in 2nd in 11.81s, as Esther Okon finished in 3rd place with a time of 11.87s.
Men’s 100m: Enoch Adegoke qualified for the final, not even breaking any sweat to cross the line in 10.57s (+1.2) to win heat 10. Despite not stressing himself in the race, he was way ahead of Oriyomi Akala who finished 2nd in 11.00s and Efusile Adeola 3rd in 11.05s.
Enoch Adegoke is the fastest man in the world this year, running a new World Lead of 10.16s (+0.8) to win the men’s 100m Final. It was so fast that Godson Brume who finished 2nd, posted a new Personal Best (PB) of 10.27s. Alaba Akintola finished 3rd in 10.40s.
Kemi Francis was initially disqualified for a false-start in the women’s 100m Hurdles, but she got reinstated after so many entreaties. Ese Awusa was the surprise winner, coming from the outside to run a PB of 14.35s (+1.5). Francis finished 2nd in 14.36s and Stella Anyaleke 3rd in 14.53s. Miracle Thompson finished 4th in 14.61s
Men’s 110m Hurdles: Martins Ogieriakhi got a good start and was ahead after four barriers, but Abejoye Oyeniyi picked up the momentum to move past everybody and won in a Season’s Best of 14.23s (+1.2). Samuel Osadolor finished 2nd in 14.31s and Ogieriakhi settling for 3rd place in 14.33s.
Women’s 100m: Esther Okon ran the fastest time of all seven heats, holding off Balikis Yakubu in the last 10m to win heat 4 with a Season’s Best of 11.80s, not far off her PB of 11.79s. Yakubu finished 2nd in 11.84s and Olayinka Olajide 3rd in 11.94s.
Women’s 100m heat 3: Just like she did last season, Praise Idamadudu commenced her season with the shorter sprints, opening with an SB of 11.82s to win her heat, clear off Blessing Aguda who was 2nd in 12.05s, and Tope Aladeoye 3rd in 12.35s.
Men’s 100m heat 8: Emmanuel Arowolo wanted to ease down in the last 20m of the race, but he felt Godson Brume hot on his tail, and then accelerated more to win in an SB of 10.58s (+1.4). Brume finished 2nd in 10.61s and Adeola Adegboyega 3rd in 11.17s.
Men’s 100m heat 13: Nicholas Fakorode grits his face as he crosses to win the race in a time of 10.56s, securing a spot in the final. Efe-Sam Agalive won heat 6 in 10.53s, and Alaba Akintola winning heat 4 in 10.58s. All three will be running in the 100m Final A
Though a quarter-miler, Emmanuel Ojeli has proven that he could also challenge in the shorter sprints, running the fastest time of all men’s 100m heats to win heat 3 in a new Personal Best of 10.40s (+1.2).
Hamid Sambo ran solo in the last lap of men’s 1500m, establishing a big gap that saw him win by almost 12s with a time of 4:00.41. His closest challenger, Akeem Balogun finished 2nd in 4:12.36, while Tunmise Olajide came in 3rd with a time of 4:17.02.
Obum Chukwuka put in a lot of effort to win heat 3 of the women’s 400m, crossing the line in 56.15s. Her time was the 2nd fastest overall in the women’s 400m, beating Josephine Oloye who came in 2nd in 57.95s. Perpetual Nwanna finished 3rd in that race in 58.41s.
Ella Onouvevwo ran a Personal Best of 56.18s to win heat 4 of women’s 400m, beating Star Mpama who came in 2nd in 56.97s and Osayende Omorodion finishing 3rd clocking 60.36s.
Imaobong Nse Uko only ran one race last season, this year she has commenced her season in January and opened with a Season’s Best of 53.98s to run the fastest time in women’s 400m. The two Blessings, Ovwighoadjebre and Oladoye finished 2nd and 3rd in 55.32s and 55.38s respectively.
Although the Triple Jump is his main event, Zola Nzube occasionally competes in the Long Jump as well, and with the former not listed in the event, he opted for the latter, leaping to a mark of 7.33m to win the event. Bode Akintokun was 2nd, jumping 7.26m, and Afoke Oshasha 3rd with a mark of 7.25m.
Samuel Kure was hardly challenged in the men’s Javelin, landing the spear with his best throw of 74.69m to comfortably win this event. Since 2016, Kure has been the Nigerian Javelin champion and has a Personal Best of 77.17m.
Chidera Nnamani Johnson came back to the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) to post another 400m Personal Best, crossing the line to win men’s heat 1 in 47.61s. His time was the second-fastest time overall in the 400m.
Making of Champions’ Ifeanyi Christian competed against non-disabled athletes, and still held his own against them. Christian finished 3rd in heat 1 of men’s 400m, crossing the line in an SB of 50.20s.
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