Olympics: Nigerian Athlete Adegoke Makes History, Beats World’s Fastest Man to Qualify For 100m Semifinal

Olympics: Nigerian Athlete Adegoke Makes History, Beats World’s Fastest Man to Qualify For 100m Semifinal

  • Enoch Adegoke qualifies for the semi-final of the men's 100m at the Tokyo 2020 after winning his heat in style
  • The Nigerian champion beat world's fastest man, USA’s Trayvon Brommel in his heat
  • Adegoke will be joined in the semis by his compatriot Ushoritse Itshekiri who also qualified by finishing third in his heat

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Reigning Nigerian champion Enoch Adegoke qualified for the semi-final of the men's 100m at the Tokyo 2020 after racing to a personal best of 9.98 seconds in his first-round heat.

Adegoke did not only join the exclusive club of sub-10 seconds runners Nigeria have produced, but he also defeated the fastest man in the world this year and seventh fastest of all-time, USA’s Trayvon Brommel in the process.

Olympics: Nigerian Athlete Adegoke Beats World’s Fastest Man to Qualify For 100m Semifinal
Nigeria's Enoch Adegoke wins the men's 100m heats at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP
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The 21-year-old also beat Asian record holder, Femi Ogunode, and British star, Zharnel Hughes in the race.

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Also through to the semifinal is Ushoritse Itshekiri who placed third in his first-round heat while Nigeria’s third athlete in the event, Divine Oduduru was disqualified for a false start.

Ahead of the semifinal, Adegoke has been drawn against the same athletes he defeated, Brommel, Nigeria-born Qatari, Femi Ogunode and Britain’s Zhana Hughes while Itshekiri will run in the first semifinal.

Both Nigerians will be looking to qualify for the final of the event.

Adegoke is now the 11th Nigerian in history to go under 10 seconds and the 10th joint-fastest Nigerian in history. He is currently the fastest man in Nigeria.

List of Nigerians who have run a sub-10s in the 100m & their times:

1) Olusoji Fasuba - 9.85s

2) Divine Oduduru - 9.86s

3) Seun Ogunkoya - 9.92s

4) Davidson Ezinwa - 9.94s

5) Olapade Adeniken - 9.95s

6) Deji Aliu - 9.95s

7) Raymond Ekevwo - 9.96s

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8) Francis Obikwelu - 9.97s

9) Uchenna Emedolu - 9.97s

10) Daniel Effiong - 9.98s

11) Enoch Adegoke - 9.98s

Clean sweep for Jamaica in women's 100m final

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Jamaica is famous for its Olympic bobsled team and for its prowess in athletics.

The Jamaican females 100m sprinters have stunned the world with their stunning performance. They took gold, silver, and bronze in the 100m sprint with Elaine Thompson setting a new Olympic record.

Elaine Thompson-Herah took the gold, finishing the race in 10.61 seconds. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was hot on her heels with 10.74 seconds and Shericka Jackson was literally a couple of split seconds behind her at 10.76 seconds.

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