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My buttocks failed me in Nairobi, Metu

By Ben Efe
Nigeria’s current 100m champion, Obinna Metu has blamed his ill luck at the African Championships in Nairobi, Kenya on a strained buttocks muscle he suffered  a day to the final of the men’s 100m.

Metu was carrying the hope of the nation on his shoulder at the championships having won at the national trials in June.

Though athletics analysts did not give him a chance to win the gold, they expected him to at least settle for silver, but Metu  placed seventh with 10.31 seconds compared to the winning time of 10.08 done by Cote ‘d Ivoire’s Ben Yousef  Meite.

The lanky athlete whose strong point on the track is his strong finishing explained that he was not fit to run the race, after he strained the muscle connecting his buttocks to his hip.
“I didn’t want to run. But I have to come out, because I want to help Nigeria win.
“I strained the muscle connecting my buttocks to my hip. And you know that I need it to push harder. It happened during training and it wasn’t even a serious training, the devil is just a liar,” said Metu

However, he acknowledged that the race was a tough one and even if he was fit he needed all the push in the world to beat the field that also featured Ghanaian veteran Zakari Aziz and South Africa’s Simon Magakwe, who came second and third at 10.12 and 10. 14 respectively with Nigeria’s Ogho-Oghene Egwero coming forth with 10.24 seconds
“It wasn’t an easy race. You know that it was decided by a 10.08 run and you have to be fit to do justice.

“My happiness is that I will be fit before the Commonwealth Games in October. I will work harder to make sure I compensate for the miss in Nairobi,” added the athlete.


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