Enoch Adegoke is Nigeria’s first Olympic 100m finalist in 25 years!

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Promising Nigerian speedster Enoch Adegoke announced his presence on the world stage on Sunday after he surprisingly emerged a finalist in the men’s 100m event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Against all odds, the 21-year-old did very well to beat Trayvon Brommel right on the finish line to claim 2nd position behind Zharnel Hughes in his semi-final heat on Sunday morning. Adegoke clocked 10.00s, edging the American by only a thousandth of a second, as he punched his ticket to the final of the event.

Adegoke would later face a hamstring injury which ensured he limped off the track midway through the 100m final race, but regardless of the unfortunate DNF incident, the Nigerian sprinter has indeed had a campaign to remember at this Olympics.

In the heats on Saturday, the NSF Gold medalist clocked a ground-breaking of 9.98s to claim the win ahead of both Brommel and Hughes. The time, which is now Adegoke’s official Personal Best after his 9.97s at the Olympic trials got disregarded because of a suspected timing error, makes Oyo-born sprinter the 11th Nigerian to break the 10-second barrier in the 100m.

Adegoke then followed that up with another remarkable moment for himself on Sunday when he earned automatic qualification from Semi-final 2 with 10.00s, becoming the first Nigerian to make the men’s 100m final at the Olympics since Davidson Ezinwa in 1996.

Notably, Adegoke is only the 3rd Nigerian to become an Olympic finalist in the 100m with Ezinwa (1992 & 1996) and Olapade Adeniken (1992) being the other two.

Only 21 years old and with his whole career ahead of him, Adegoke is definitely one heck of a promising lad who can lead Nigeria’s next generation of sprinters to big achievements.

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