Nigeria’s 100m representative at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Enoch Adegoke fails to live up to the early promises as he fails in his attempt to get Nigeria’s first medal at the Olympics, losing to Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs who claimed gold in the men’s 100m race on Sunday while breaking the retired former world champion and prolific Olympian Usain Bolt’s 13-year hold on the blue riband event.
Adegoke’s early performance was just another flash of the pan, as he failed to finish the final race, picking up an injury during the final race.
Lamont 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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Canada’s Andre de Grasse, a bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, repeated the feat in 9.89.
In the competition, Enoch broke Nigeria’s records in athletics at the Olympics. He became Nigeria’s first 100m Olympic finalist since 1996 clocking 10.00s in heat 2 of men’s 100m semis.
With this, he broke a 25-year record after Davidson Ezinwa at Atlanta in 1996.
In the semi-final, Adegoke ended up in second place in 10.00secs, the same time as American T. Brommell, with Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, who clocked 9.98secs, in the first place.
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Compatriot Usheoritse Itsekiri crashed out in the semi-finals of the men’s 100m after he finished seventh in his heat in 10.29secs.
Adegoke’s 10.00secs was the slowest among the eight athletes who qualified for the final, and the Nigerian, who clocked 9.98secs on the way to the semis, hoped to be in the form of his life to end up on the podium.
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