Nigerian sprinter Raymond Ekevwo won the men’s 100m sprint at the ongoing African Games in Morocco to emerge Africa’s fastest man after breasting the tape at 9.96s.
Speaking after his historic win Raymond Ekevwo who landed another Gold medal for Nigeria said “I can’t explain the feeling but it’s good and I am happy about it.”
Raymond Ekevwo becomes just second Nigerian to run sub-10s in the last 13 years with a time that is his Personal Best. Divine Oduduru was the first to run the sub-10s earlier this year.
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Speaking of the manner in which he became Africa’s fastest man running a sub 10 (9.96s) “I didn’t come here with any expectation because I haven’t run since the NCAs. My coach was like you’re ready to run fast… and I was like: I mean I don’t even know but I guess he was right,” he said brimming with pride.
Nigeria last won the men’s 100m event at the African Games in 2007, 12 years later the African giants are back on the podium and Ekevwo says “It’s a good thing.
“It means Nigerian athletes are getting back on track and doing the necessary things. I hope the government and the Athletics Federation continue to support us so we can keep giving them this kind of result every time.”
Also in third position in the men’s 100m event was Nigeria’s Usheoritse Itsekiri with a new Personal Best of 10.02s which qualifies him for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Images: Making of Champions (MoC)