Enoch Adegoke scorched to a new Personal Best (PB) of 9.98s on his way to winning Heat 2 of the men’s 100m at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Adegoke, who sealed qualification for the global showpiece at the 3rd Betking/MoC Grand Prix in March, was up against a stacked field that included current world leader, Treyvon Bromell, and European Champion Zharnel Hughes.’
Running from lane 5, Adegoke, the African Junior Champion making his debut at the games, got off to a great start and once he got out of his drive phase, there was no stopping him as he dipped inside 10s for the first time in his career. Qatar sprinter, Femi Ogunode was 2nd with 10.02, while Hughes was 3rd with 10.04.
Earlier in Heat 1, Usehoritse Itsekiri who like Adegoke is making his first appearance at the Olympics picked up an automatic qualifying spot in the semis, finishing 3rd with 10.15s. Nigeria’s third entry in the men’s 100m, Divine Oduduru got disqualified after a false start in Heat 5.
The semifinal and final come up on Day 3 of athletics.
Elsewhere, Grace Nwokocha couldn’t make it past the semis of the women’s 100m after she finished 5th in Heat 3, clocking a time of 11.07. She would still take solace in the fact that she set a new PB of 11.00 on her way to placing third in the heats yesterday.