Two Nigerian sprinters, Seye Ogunlewe and Enoch Adegoke have both qualified for the men’s 100m final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Adeogoke clocked a personal best of 10.19 seconds to win his heat before qualifying to the final with a slower time of 10.24 seconds. While Ogunlewe equalled his season’s best of 10.20 seconds in both his heat and semi-final but qualified to the final as one of the fastest losers.
Ogho-Oghene Egwero however failed to make it to the final finishing 6th in the first semi final won by Yohan Blake in a time of 10.06 seconds followed by Adam Gemili in a time of 10.11seconds.
The two Nigerians face competition against Jamaican Yohan Blake, Adam Gemili of England and Akani Sambine of South Africa in the 100m final on Monday.
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Meanwhile, all three women’s semi-finalist in the 100m event failed to make it to the final. Jennifer Madu, Joy Udo- Gabriel and Isoken Igbinosun.
Udo-Gabriel ran the overall fastest time by a Nigerian in the heats in a time of 11.42 seconds before placing 4th in her semifinal with the second fastest time of her career, 11.53 seconds. While Madu placed 5th in a time of 11.59 seconds and Isoken Igbinosun finished 7th in 11.82 seconds.
In the the 20km race walk, National Record (NR) holder Fadekemi Olude finished 10th in the final in a time of 1:49:31.
Elsewhere in the 400m, Chidi Okezie finished 4th as one of the fastest losers, with a season’s best (SB) of 45.84 seconds while Samson Nathaniel placed 4th in a time of 46.41seconds. It was however end of the road for Orukpe Eraiyokan who finished 4th in a time of 47.19 seconds.
In the shot put event, Eke Kalu made a best mark of 17.62m in 6th. For Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, his first attempt of 20.66m in second qualified him for the final.
Australia’s Kaye Scott stopped Nigeria’s Itunu Oriola from reaching the Semifinals of the female boxing event on Sunday.
Nigeria again missed a chance of winning a bronze medal at the boxing event at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
The judges awarded their points in favour of Scott who scored an impressive 5-0 final decision over Oriola.
On Monday, Nigeria’s Milicent Agboegbulem will face Elizabeth Andiego from Kenya in the quarter-finals of the women’s middleweight class.