After the dust settled on the first leg of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria’s Golden League in Kaduna, a rivalry was established in the menâ€™s 100m. Ogho-Oghene Egworo and Benjamin Adukwu left the Ahmadu Bello Stadium to fight another day, and that is today at Ibadan .
It was a photo finish race between the duo in Kaduna, with Egworo dipping first to pip Adukwa on the line. The race is certainly a mouth watering prospect for faithful of Nigeria track and field who are longing to see good performances on the track.
However, Egworo who cut his athletics teeth at the 2008 National Sports Festival in Kaduna said thatÂ he would allow the race to do the talking, stressing that his ultimate this season,Â is to produce a sub 10 race.
â€œ I am not thinking about anybody, but focused on improving on my time. And this is what Iâ€™m going to do in Ibadan,â€ said the diminutive athlete who reached the second round of the Berlin 2009 World Championships.
Egworo tops the list of performance for NigerianÂ male sprinters in the outdoor with the 10.20 he did in Kanduna, and is followed by his latest rival with 10.21.
With the heat turning up at Ibadan, perhaps both athletes should be able to produce a low 10 that will put them ahead of Gerrard Phiri, the Zambian who appears to be calling the shot on the African continent. Phiri has the best time so far this season in 10.13. Churandy Martina of Antilles leads the world with 10.03.
Josephine Omanka, Africa’s junior champion and Agnes Osazuwa are the top acts for the women race at Ibadan. Omaka won the first leg in Kaduna effortlessly.
Osazuwa who was a member of the Beijing Olympics 4x100m bronze winning team is desirous of clocking a good time that will earn her a ticket to run in Europe, but she has to beat Omanka who is gradually finding her feet in the senior cadre.
Events schedule for the Golden League include (Men): 100m, 400m, 800m, 400mhurdles, Triple Jump, High Jump, 4x100m and 4x400m.
The women are to compete in 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, 5000m, 400m hurdles, Long Jump, 4x100m and 4x400m with N20,000, N15, 000 and N10, 000 as prize moneys for the first, second and third positions respectively.