Nigerian men sprints is taking an up swing again as Raymond Ekevwo yesterday won the 100m gold of the Africa Games on-going in Rabat Morocco.
Ekevwo posted 9.96seconds a personal best to win the race, which did not feature top African sprints from Cote d’ Ivoire and South Africa. However, with that performance, he was a candidate for gold. Ekevwo is the second Nigerian athlete to run under 10 seconds. Divine Oduduru who ran 9.86seconds is billed to run only the 200m in Rabat.
Cote ‘d Ivoire’s Arthur Cisse was hot on Ekevwo’s heels, Cisse posted 9.97 seconds. Nigeria’s Usheoritse Itsekiri came third with 10.02seconds also personal best to settle for silver. But it wasn’t a sweet outing for the women. Cote d’ Ivoire Marie Josee Ta Lou won the race easily with 11.09 seconds, Gambia’s Gina Bass was second with 11.13 seconds, Egypt’s Hemida Basant was third with 11.31. Joy Udo Gabriel finish fourth with 11.31.
Also Nigeria’s Chukwuebuka C. Enekwechi won the shot put gold with 21.48m. Egypt’s Khalifa Mohamed was second with 20.85m.