Enoch Adegoke was Nigeria’s fastest qualifier in the men’s 100m heats which took place on Sunday, Day 1 of Athletics at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Adegoke, who competed in Heat 4, stunned England’s Harry Aikines-Aryeetey when he stormed to victory in his heat with a Personal Best (PB) of 10.19s, improving on his former lifetime best of 10.31s, which he set enroute winning the Commonwealth Games Trials in Abuja in February.

Teammate Ogho-Oghene Egwero raced in Heat 6 where he booked his spot in the semis after finishing 2nd to South Africa’s Henricho Bruintjies who won the race in 10.23s. The Nigerian clocked a time of 10.38s.

Three-time Nigerian Champion Seye Ogunlewe was the last man in action for the country in the men’s 100m heats where he went against former World Champion, Yohan Blake in Heat 8. It was a close race, but it was the Jamaican who prevailed with a time of 10.15s, while Ogunlewe was inspired to a Season’s Best (SB) of 10.20s in 2nd.

All three Nigerians will race in the semis, with Egwero being drawn in a stacked heat in Semifinal 1 (8.35am) where he will go against Blake, England’s Adam Gemili and Ramon Gittens of Barbados.

Adegoke will race in Semifinal 2 (8.42am) and will rub shoulders with Bruintjies and Jamaica’s Oshane Bailey.

Ogunlewe will be engaged in a superiority battle with Akani Simbine and Keston Bledman in Semifinal 3 (8.49am), and will be hoping to advance to the final of his second outing at the Commonwealth Games.

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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