By Ben Efe
Sprinter Obinna Metu is living large, after completing a double and running his best ever time at the All Nigeria/Cross River Championships. Metu clocked 10.11 seconds in the 100m and 20.91 secs to reclaim his reputation that took a battering over the years.
Metu revealed in Calabar that he has woken up to achieve his full potentials after many years of being a half man in the world of track and field. He rightly proved this, when he smoked a strong field in the final of the men’s 100m decided on Wednesday.
The Enugu-born Metu revealed that he decided to ‘kill himself’ with training to bring out his best as he approches the twilight of his athletics career.
“I am back to my best. In fact my best is yet to come, 10.11 is not my final race bus stop it is just the beginning.
“I have been changing coaches and training with the wrong programme. This is why I didn’t realise my potentials”.
He said that the training stint he had in the USA with coach Innocent Egbunike and the wise counsel of his local coach Uchenna Emedolu, has brought him back to reckoning.
He added that his main rival Ogho-Oghene Egwero gave him the push to achieve the time, which is the fastest time in Africa this season.
“Egwero is a good athlete. He has been a real challenge for me. But it is my wish that more athletes should come up with good times.
I want us to be like the Jamaicans and the Americans.
Coach Egbunike said Metu simply decided to re-order his priorities.
“It is unbelievable what he put his body through. There were times he passed out during training.
“This is God doing what he said he would do and I’m blessed by his performance. He showed how hard he worked.”.