Edo Govt Praises Tokyo Olympics 100m Finalist, Enoch Adegoke

Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke.

 

The Edo State Government has praised the outstanding performance of Olympics 100m athlete, Enoch Adegoke, who took part in the final 100m track event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.

Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu who addressed journalists in Benin City on Sunday noted that if not for the bad luck that hit the athlete, he was on the path to claiming a medal for Nigeria at the event.

Shaibu said despite the outcome of the race in the final, the Edo State Government will give Adegoke a red-carpet reception when he returns to the country as he is a worthy ambassador of the state.

“Edo people are very proud of the performance of Enoch Adegoke. He was a medal hopeful until that muscle pull. The incident in the final was unfortunate as his takeoff was very good just about 40 to 50 meters before the bad luck in the game caught up with him. We will celebrate with him,” the Deputy Governor said.

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Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke (C) wins the men’s 100m heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

 

“Our focus is to bring him back home as our ambassador and prepare him for other future activities and also check his medical condition to ensure in future events he doesn’t suffer such ill luck.”

He added that lack of preparation has a lot of impact on the performance of Nigerian athletes which include Enoch Adegoke as they all depended on the goodwill of spirited Nigerians to embark on their training, noting that Edo State also gave their support.

“Nigeria is at this level today because we have reduced sports to politics. We are proud of Enoch Adegoke who made us proud in Tokyo following his outstanding performance in the race until the muscle pull stole the show from him in the final of the 100m mens’ final,” Shaibu added.

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(From L) Nigeria's Enoch Adegoke, USA's Ronnie Baker, China's Su Bingtian, USA's Fred Kerley compete the men's 100m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP
(From L) Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke, USA’s Ronnie Baker, China’s Su Bingtian, USA’s Fred Kerley compete in the men’s 100m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP.

 

Enoch Adekoge failed to finish at the 100 metres men’s final event in Tokyo today, leaving Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs to claim Olympic gold in the keenly-contested race. 

While Lamont on Sunday broke retired Jamaican star Usain Bolt’s 13-year hold on the blue riband event, Nigeria’s Adegoke was forced to stop midway, holding his thighs, with anguish boldly written all over his face.

Jacobs, 26, timed a European record of 9.80 seconds, with American Fred Kerley taking silver in 9.84sec in one of the most understated major 100m races in recent times.

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Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke could not finish his race at the Olympics final.

Canada’s Andre de Grasse, a bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, repeated the feat as he ran a 9.89seconds.

Adegoke who in the course of the competition had broken Nigeria’s records in athletics, on Sunday became Nigeria’s first 100m Olympic finalist since 1996 clocking 10.00s in heat 2 of men’s 100m semis.

He used the biggest platform in sports, the Olympics to join the exclusive club of sub-10 seconds runners after running 9.98 seconds to win his first-round heat which also booked his place in the semi-finals of the 100m event in Tokyo.

With this feat, he becomes the 11th Nigerian in history to run a sub 10.

3rd Nigerian male to run 100m final

Adegoke raced again into Nigerian history books as the third man to make the final of the 100m event at the Olympics after the duo of Davidson Ezinwa and Olapade Adeniken.

The reigning Nigeria speed king had given himself a chance of making history when he came second behind Britain’s Zhana Hughes to secure the second automatic slot and qualify for the final.

The other Nigerian in the event, Ushoritse Itshekiri pulled up at the finish to exit the competition with a 10.29 seconds performance. He ran 10.15 seconds in his first-round heat.

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Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke has stormed into the 100m final at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics, after finishing second in semi-final 2 as he ran 10.00.

Adegoke, who was awarded second place in a photo finish with Trayvon Bromell after both timed 10 seconds dead.

Prior to the Olympics, Bromell was the favourite for the race, having set the fastest time this year of 9.77sec, the seventh-quickest in history.

However, Adegoke beat the United State’s best, coming in just behind Zharnel Hughes who kept the British hope alive by winning the second semi in 9.98seconds.

Club of sub-10 seconds

Adegoke had earlier used the biggest platform in sports, the Olympics to join the exclusive club of sub-10 seconds runners after running 9.98 seconds to win his first-round heat which also booked his place in the semi-finals of the 100m event in Tokyo.

He becomes the 11th Nigerian in history to run a sub 10.

In June, he ran historic 10.00 seconds to win the national title but was under pressure to match the impressive performance of Grace Nwokocha in the women’s 100m after both dominated the Nigerian local athletics circuit like never before, and the 21-year-old lived up to expectations.

He won heat 2 in style, beating the fastest man in the world this year and seventh fastest of all-time, United States Trayvon Brommel who topped the pre-Games world list with the 9.77 seconds he ran last month in Florida.

Also through to the semi-final was Ushoritse Itshekiri who finished third in his first-round heat while Nigeria’s third entrant in the event, Divine Oduduru, was disqualified for false starting.

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Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke wins the men’s 100m heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

 

Nigerian sprinter, Enoch Adegoke, has used the biggest platform in sports, the Olympics to join the exclusive club of sub-10 seconds runners after running 9.98 seconds to win his first-round heat and also book his place in the semi-finals of the 100m event in Tokyo.

Adegoke also becomes the 11th Nigerian in history to run a sub 10.

He ran a historic 10.00 seconds in June to win the national title but was under pressure to match the impressive performance of Grace Nwokocha in the women’s 100m after both dominated the Nigerian local athletics circuit like never before, and the 21-year-old lived up to expectations.

He won heat 2 in style, beating the fastest man in the world this year and seventh fastest of all-time, United States Trayvon Brommel who topped the pre-Games world list with the 9.77 seconds he ran last month in Florida.

Also through to the semi-final was Ushoritse Itshekiri who finished third in his first-round heat while Nigeria’s third entrant in the event, Divine Oduduru, was disqualified for false starting.

Adegoke has been drawn against the same athletes he defeated – Brommel, Nigeria-born Qatari, Femi Ogunode, and Britain’s Zhana Hughes, in the second semi-final heat.

A file photo of Enoch Adegoke and Grace Nwokocha.

 

Itshekiri, on the other hand, will run in the first semi-final and has been drawn against four sprinters who have ducked inside 10 seconds this season, led by Canada’s Andre De Grasse.

Both Nigerians will be looking to become the next duo that will make the final of the event at the games after Davidson Ezinwa and Olapade Adeniken did in the 1990s.

Meanwhile, Nwokocha failed to advance to the women’s 100m final after finishing fifth in her semi-final heat with a time of 11.10 seconds performance, the second in two days.

Her time of 11:00 seconds from Friday’s heat made her the fifth-fastest Nigerian woman in history.

The 20-year-old’s performance has been remarkable after becoming the fastest Nigerian-based athlete since Mercy Nku ran 11.04 seconds in 1997 in Benin City.

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria’s Ogunlewe, Adegoke Through To 100m Final

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria’s Ogunlewe, Adegoke Through To 100m Final

 

Team Nigeria sprinters, Seye Ogunlewe and Enoch Adegoke, are through to the final of the 100 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Adegoke won his semi-final race in a time of 10.24 seconds while Ogunlewe clocked a season’s best of 10.20 seconds to place third in the third semi-final on Sunday.

The 100 metres final, which take place on Monday, will feature Jamaica’s Yohan Blake and Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands.

Others are Adam Gemili of the Great Britain, the South African duo of Akani Simbene and Henricho Bruintjies, as well as Jason Rogers of St. Kits and Nevis.