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Emelieze, Egworo, Adigun bear Nigeria burden at Doha

Disquiet, that is the state in which Nigerian athletes sneaked into Doha, Qatar where the IAAF World Indoor Championships is running this weekend.

Sprinters, Peter Emelieze, Ogho-Oghene Egworo and Seun Adigun are entries for the event. As they climb on the boards at the Aspire Dome this afternoon to seek relevance, it is going to be an interesting prospect as Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN are hopeful of a surprise win.

Nigeria has produced two world indoor champions. They are Sunday Bada who won the 400m  in Paris in 1997 and Olusoji Fasuba who won the 60m dash at the 2008 edition in Valencia. When these two men won, their victory came as a surprise to the nation as they went into the meet unsung.

Adigun will begin the campaign with the 60m hurdles, while the Emelieze and Egworo will run in the 60m dash later this afternoon.

“Due to engagements in the NCAA, most athletes won’t be coming. So we are relying on the three athletes to put up a good performance, they have a good chance all things being equal,” said AFN president, Solomon Ogba.

But how the duo of Emelieze and Egworo will go about upstaging the rest of the world remains a question to be answered by the athletes alone. This is because they are not in the top five performers of  the event. Ivory Williams of the USA tops the chart with 6.49seconds, while British Dwain Chambers who has the world’s second fastest time of 6.50 is also in the front burner to win gold.

There are other 6.50 runners  like Mike Rogers, Daniel Bailey and Leone Clarke who have done better than the 6.60 and 6.61 recorded by Emelieze and Egworo in the run up to the Doha Indoors.

Adigun’s 8.10 seconds is all she has to hold on to in the women 60m hurdles. She is not in the top 20 world list, which Canadian Priscilla Lopes-Schliep is leading with 7.82. Other contenders are Lolo Jones, Ginnie Powell and Caroline Yetra all who are in the 7.8 club.


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