Ben Youssef Meite and Marie Josee Talou, from Cote d’Ivoire clinched the men and women 100m titles as the athletics events of the All Africa Games reached their peak yesterday at the Kintele Stadium Brazzaville, Congo.
Nigeria’s Ogho-Oghene Egwero had given officials here hope that he was a strong contender for the gold, when he did 10.06 in the semi-final; but he wasn’t a match for the much taller and stronger Ivorian.
Meite ran 10.04 seconds, while Egwero tagged in at 10.17 seconds. The bronze went to Koffi Wilfred Hua 10.23. Nigeria’s other finalists Seye Ogunlewe was fourth with 10.45 seconds, while Nicholas Ihoamperamhe placed seventh with 10.52.
Cote’d Ivoire’s Marie Josee Talou running in lane seven proved too hot for the girls in the field. She won the race in a time of 11.02 secs.
In the women 400m Patience Okon-George strolled into the final with 51 77 seconds: So did Margaret Etim with 52.34. Tosin Adeloye is also in the final. But the real show down comes up today in the women’s 400 metres, when Okon-George will prove that her 50.76 season’s best was not a fluke, she takes on Zambian rival Mupopo Kabanga who posted the fastest time of 50.94 seconds in the second semi-final heat.
In the men’s 400m Urukpe Eriyokan ran a Nigerian fastest time in about five years; a 44.95 seconds to put himself in contention for the gold. He has Botswana’s Isaac Makwala with 44.87 seconds to beat. Nigeria’s two other athletes didn’t make the cut.
“I am very relaxed a head of the race. There are no worries and by God’s grace I will get the gold,” said Okon-George the only African runner who reached the semi-final of the world championships in Beijing.
Tosin Oke won gold medal in the triple jump event with a jump of 17.00mtrs while compatriot Olamide Olagoke won silver with a jump of 16.99 mtrs in the same event.