Fast-rising Nigerian speedster Enoch Adegoke caused a big upset to win Heat 2 of the men’s 100m ahead of established stars like America’s Trayvon Brommel and Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.
The 21-year-old sprinter sensationally clocked a blazing Lifetime Best of 9.98s to claim victory in the race, with Nigerian-Bahraini Femi Ogunode placing 2nd with 10.02s and Hughes coming 3rd with a SB of 10.04s. Shockingly, Brommel could only manage a 4th place finish with 10.05s but that his time was yet enough to earn him qualification to the semis as one of the fastest two outside top-three finishes across the seven heats.
Adegoke came out of the blocks quick enough (2nd fastest reaction time) and did well to also produce a strong finish to break the 10-second barrier for the first time in his career.
America’s Ronnie Baker won that heat with 10.03s with Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut placing 2nd with a Season Best of 10.07s.
Controversy ensued in Heat 5 in which Divine Oduduru got disqualified for the race because of a false start. Great Britain’s Reece Prescod was first to make a false start in that heat and that attracted only a warning for the 25-year-old. However, Oduduru faced instant elimination when he made a false start of his own when the race was restarted.
Earlier in the day, Tobi Amusan had no problems sealing qualification to the semi-finals of the women’s 100m Hurdles after winning Heat 3 with a time of 12.72s.
In the women’s 100m semi-finals, Grace Nwokocha saw her campaign in the event come to an end after she finished 5th in the third heat with a time of 11.07s.
She will now have a focus turned to helping the depleted Nigeria’s 4x100m team face the tough task before them. Notably, Nwokocha is the only regular 100m sprinter who is available to be entered for the team, this coming after the unfortunate suspension of team superstar Blessing Okagbare earlier today by the World Athletics’ Integrity Unit over doping allegations.