Team Nigeria had two finalists in the men’s and women’s 100m as the duo of Godson Brume and Praise Ofoku competed on the wet track of the Kasarani Stadium at the ongoing World U20 Championships taking place in Nairobi, Kenya.
Ofoku was first out, as she hoped to become Nigeria’s first women’s medallist over the distance since 1998. She came really close to getting on the podium as she clocked 11.53s to finish 4th, missing out to Melissa Gutschmidt who edged Bronze ahead of her, clocking a time of 11.51s.
Brume was next up, and he was one of the favorites for a medal as he went in with the second-fastest time from the semis yesterday. Running from lane 3, he had a poor start and before he could get back to full force, the field had left him behind as he finished 8th in 10.74s.
In the men’s 400m Hurdles, Ezekiel Nathaniel ran very well in Heat 1 of the event and led for the most part of the race He however lost momentum coming into the home straight after he clipped the 9th hurdle as he finished 5th with a new PB of 51.63s. Nigeria’s entry in the women’s 400m, Sarah Ochigbo did not start her race.
The women’s Discus final in which Esther Osisike was meant to compete in has now been postponed to Day 3 of the championships after the afternoon session had torrential rain interrupt a couple of events. The final is now slated for 9:05 am on Friday.