By Onochie Anibeze, in Berlin
Ajoke Odumosu, the national record holder in 400m hurdles with 54.80 who arrived Berlin with so much hope for at least a place in the final of her event sundenly found herself fighting two battles here.Â One was to keep her dream and the other was a battle for life. Her dream crashed but she
kept her life and Nigeria is better for it.
â€œWe thank God she is alive and better. She was still in the hospital up till 2 am this morning,â€ AFN President Solomon Ogba said yesterday.
Ajoke fainted after her race here. She placed sixth in her semi-final event and collapsed after that. Tests in the hospital showed that Ajoke had a very low sugar level and that contributed to the problem. She is asthmatic and said that she had not felt fine before the race. Herâ€™s was one of the sad moments for Nigeria on day four of the championship here.
Amaka Ogoegbunam ended her low hurdles race dramatically, kicking a hurdle and being disqualified. She cried all night over the incident. The third sad commentary wasÂ the confirmation of Blessing Okagbareâ€™s withdrawal from her Long Jump event after she pulled out from the 100m race following injury. Godday James had earlier pulled out from the 400m event on grounds of injury. Obinna Metu would not be left out. He said he had fever and pulled out from his 200m race where he would have run with Usain Bolt.
â€œI felt a little bit feverish and the doctor gave me anti malaria drug which knocked me out,â€ the current national champion said.
â€œSomething is wrong with our team. How can we explain all these injuries and ailments?,â€ one female athlete lamented.