Nigeriaâ€™s leading male sprinter, Ogho-Oghene Egwero demonstrated at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria golden league that he was a top contender for the Africa championships gold and a medal prospect at the Commonwealth Games, when he posted 10.13 seconds to remain in contention for the golden league N1m jackpot.
It was Egweroâ€™s personal best and it puts him number one on the African top list for the season so far. Zambiaâ€™s Gerrard Phiri had previously done 10.17 in the outdoor.
Egweroâ€™s high class performance was the highlight of the AFN golden league decided at the Yaba College of Technology Sports ground Lagos and it was one weekend of upset for the some N1m jackpot contenders.
Josephine Omaka surrendered to Agnes Osazuwa in the women 100m, while Margaret Etim squandered her double lead in the women 200m and 400m respectively. Men 100m tittle contenders Benjamin Adukwu and Fred Ovie Agbaje succumbed to pressure of competition.
It was not so far Egwero when it was time for the race of the day. He was quick out of the blocks, and he pulled away from the crowd leaving in his trail a team of struggling runners who were playing catch up.
The heat of the race forced Agbaje to pull up at 40m as he tried to match Egwero speed for speed, but Egwero was already at the finish line celebrating his 10.13 seconds. Musa Deji was second with 10.45, while Oyebanji Ayobami was third with 10.53. Osazuwa finally got his respect after two legs of trying to beat junior athlete Omaka. But it was a fight to the finish as Omaka powered home with Osazuwa chasing her down.
The Beijing 2008 4x100m bronze medalist used her long reach to deny Omaka on the line, she finished at 11.70, while Omaka clocked 11.71, Glory Bassey was third with 11.88.
â€œI was fully prepared for this race. And we still have three more legs to go so we have just started,â€ said Osazuwa.
She also took the women 200m leaving golden league contender, Etim dazed. Osazuwa finished 24.07 and was trailed by Nkiru Uwakwe with 24.23 and Bassey was third with 24.29 seconds.
Bukolu Abogunloko took the women 400m with 53.00, Etim was second with 53.19, while Uwakwe was third with 53.30
The Makurdi, Owerri and Warri are the next cities that will host the golden league series.