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Commonwealth Games: Nigeria fail in men’s, women’s 100m

It was not a great outing for Nigeria in the men’s and women’s 100m track events at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Wednesday.

• August 4, 2022
Team Nigeria at Commonwealth Games
Team Nigeria at Commonwealth Games

It was not a great outing for Nigeria in the men’s and women’s 100m track events at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Wednesday.

The six athletes who featured in both events for Team Nigeria failed to make a podium finish.

The men’s 100m was won by Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanlaya while Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah got the gold medal in the women’s category.

Nigeria was not represented in the men’s finals as the trio of Godson Oghenekevwe, Favour Ashe and Raymond Ekevwo fell short in the semi-finals and failed to reach Wednesday’s final.

Oghenekevwe ran 10.52 seconds in the first semi-final to finish in ninth place, while Ekevwo ran 10.36 seconds to place seventh in the third semi-final.

Ashe, who had a better time among the trio, fell short by a spot, finishing third place in semi-final two.

Still, Ashe’s time could not get him a qualification among the best losers.

The women’s event witnessed Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha reaching the final, while Joy Udo-Gabriel could not progress after ending in sixth place in the second semi-final.

Meanwhile, Chukwuma ran 11.17 seconds, followed closely by Nwokocha in 11.18 seconds to finish fourth and fifth respectively in the race.

In the men’s high jump event, Mike Edwards finished in sixth place, jumping a height of 2.19 metres which could not secure him a medal.

Athletics events, amongst other sports, continue on Thursday with Nigeria looking to add to the eight medals they have won so far at the Games.


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