For the first time in the Nigerian Top List this season, we have two athletes who jointly share top spot in the men’s 100m, summing up what was an impressive showing at the Commonwealth Trials in Abuja.
With Ogho-Oghene Egwero having led the way clocking a time of 10.37s which he ran last December, it was only a matter of time before the leading time changes as athletes geared up for the Trials.
Both Seye Ogunlewe and Enoch Adegoke share the joint fastest time of 10.31s which they both ran at different stages during the trials. Ogunlewe running in his first race this season, easily won heat 4 in 10.31s going on to also win his heat in the semis clocking 10.44s.
However not competing in the final ensured that he was not selected in the Nigerian team going to the Commonwealth Games next month in Gold Coast.
In the men’s final, Adegoke ran a Personal Best (PB) of 10.31s to win what was a stiff contest. That win shot him up to joint 1st place alongside Ogunlewe on the standings. Egwero is now ranked 3rd on the log.
Idjesa Uruemu was the other biggest mover into the top 10 as he is currently ranked 4th, waltzing many places to move into the top 10 for the first time. Uruemu ran an impressive race to finish 3rd in the final with an SB of 10.38s, coming very close to matching his PB of 10.38s
In the women’s 100m, the leader remained the same, however Isoken Igbinosun ran a much faster time of 11.37s to win her heat in the qualifying rounds and consolidate on her lead. Igbinosun now currently holds the three fastest times over the 100m in Nigeria this season.
Rosemary Chukwuma who ran a new PB of 11.55s to win her semifinal heat climbed up to 3rd, while MoC’s Joy Udo Gabriel who matched her PB of 11.65s is now currently ranked in 4th place.
In the men’s 200m, National champion Emmanuel Arowolo made it to the summit of our rankings, going under 21s for the first time in his career to win with a time of 20.96s. Uruemu who finished 2nd in that race is now ranked 2nd on the table finishing with a time of 21.22s.
MoC’s Jakpa who led from November till the Trials, moved two places down to 3rd with an SB of 21.26s, and he holds four of the eleven fastest times in the country this season.
We now finally have a new leader in the Women’s 200m, with Isoken Igbinosun moving up above Maria Thompson to now lead with a time of 23.33s. The latter did not compete at the Trials, but her time still ranks her in 2nd place.
Mercy Ntia Obong moved up to 3rd over Praise Idamadudu, finishing 2nd behind Igbinosun with a time of 23.82s, while MoC’s Ifunanya Muoghalu who ran a PB of 24.25s to finish 3rd in the final is now ranked in 6th place. Another MoC athlete ranked in the women’s 200m top 10 is Moyosore Badejo, who won heat 3 in the qualifying rounds with a time of 24.45s.
With almost one month to the Commonwealth Games, there’s every possibilty that the different rankings could remain unchanged till the competition takes center stage in April.
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