Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo has emerged the winner of the 100m event after clocking a time of 9.96secs at the ongoing 2019 African Games in Morocco.
This is the first time since 2007 that Nigeria will win gold in the men’s 100m at the African Games.
Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo competes during the Men’s 100m final at the 12th edition of the “African Games” on August 27, 2019, in Rabat. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) 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.