Athletics: Adegoke Seals Tokyo Spot, Okagbare Denied 100m Record

Enoch Adegoke posted a time of 10.00s at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Olympics Trials held at the Yaba College of Technology Lagos on Thursday to book a place in the 100m event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Adegoke who also triumphed in the 100m at the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival finished ahead of Usheoritse Itsekiri who ran 10.07s to place second.

He becomes the 12th Nigerian athlete to qualify for the Olympics in the track and field event.

Meanwhile, track queen Blessing Okagbare was agonisingly denied an African record and the world-leading time in the 100m as she ran a wind-assisted 9.63m at the AFN National Trials.

Okagbare’s mark equalled the second-fastest time ever in the world set by Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in June and would have immediately installed her as a medal favourite in Tokyo but her exuberant celebrations died down when it was revealed the race was run at a non-legal wind of 2.7m/s.

The ill-wind also denied Rosemary Chukwuma, who came second in 11.07s a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics even though she met the Olympics qualification standards of 11.15m in the women’s 100m.