At the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on Sunday, Enoch Adegoke was injured in the men’s 100-meter final, but was unable to fulfill his wish.


The 21-year-old Nigerian rushed to the event finals earlier in the day and cheered his compatriots. After a series of disappointments with the Nigerian team, he brought hope for the long-awaited medal.


Adegoke had qualified with a time of 10.00 seconds in second place from semi-final 2.

It was achieved moments after teammate Usheoritse Itsekiri had failed to qualify after finishing seventh in semi-final 1 with 10.29 secs.

Even then, it was more assauging for Team Nigeria after Divine Oduduru’s disqualification in the event in round one on Saturday.

Adegoke’s failure meant another big medal hope failure for Team Nigeria’s contingent of track and field members after Blessing Okagbare’s suspension for a doping violation.


NAN reports that this is a team now with several dashed hopes, following Grace Nwokocha’s loss in the women’s 100m event and 10 teammates being declared ineligible.


The team may now look forward to redemption from Tobiloba Amusan in the wonen’s 100m hurdles, Ese Brume in the women’s long jump and Nwokocha in the women’s 200m.


Amusan is in Monday’s final of her event, just as Brume is for Tuesday’s final in her event, and Nwokocha in Monday’s round one.

By Scopie

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