*As Bukola Pereira attracts all
Onyeabor Ngwogu, Nigeriaâ€™s best sprinter on the local scene at the weekend fell for an old trick most athletes adopt to frustrate out favourites for a title. He got disqualified from becoming the winner of the sprint event of the reinvented Nkoyo Ibori Super Classic.
The Abia-born athlete running in the colours of the Nigerian Prisons was sent off from the second semi-final after beating the starterâ€™s gun.
Fresh from the illness that stopped him from making impact at the Trinidad and Tobago Championship due to typhoid fever, Onyeabor unfortunately beat the gun after Henry Azike had caused all the sprinters to get final warning.
â€œI just canâ€™t believe what happened to me. I fell for this old trick and all Iâ€˜ve worked for just fizzled out, just like that,â€ observed a bewildered Onyeabor in a pensive mood after his training partner won the Nkoyo Ibori fastest man title in Oghara last Saturday evening.
He insisted that the athlete who originally beat the gun was not prepared to run but was used to set everyone on the block on the edge.
â€œI am quite sure he was not prepared to run. You can see that he didnâ€™t achieve anything in the long run beyond getting me disqualified,â€ he queried.
While paying respect to his partner Christopher Nwanze of Enugu State who won the final in 10.68, Onyeabor believes his training effort may not go in vain since the Abuja Grand Prix and the Mobil Track and Field Championship were close by.
â€œChris and myself are being trained by Uchenna Emedolu. I hope to keep at my training and be able to prove a point at the two races slated for Abuja,â€ concludes the sprinter who won the Makurdi leg of the Classics but was stopped from penultimate weekend’s meet at the UNILAG Sports Centre.
But it was not all gloom at the Oghara classics as Susan Akene who many had hoped would get stiff opposition from Agnes Osazuwa easily won the women sprint title in 11.75. Osazuwa failed to show up in Oghara. Dorcas Samuel (11.99) of the Navy and Blessing IbirraÂ (12.02) of the Police were second and third respectively.
Doreen Amata again proved her worth, scaling just 1.85m to win the women high jump with little opposition. Delta girl, Hope Ideh (1.70m) and Rookie Young EsiekpeÂ (1.65m) of Enugu picked silver and bronze medals.
Thirteen-year-old Bukola Pereira of Greater Tomorrow track club from Lagos again repeated her long distance race feat, beating all comers to win the 10,000m race in 36.39.32. The JSS 3 student of Hope High school, Epetedo, Lagos Island had also won the 5,000m event of the Ladi Lawal Classics in Lagos.