Nigeria’s new sprints sensation, Enoch Adegoke bounced back to winning ways by racing to the 100m title at the ongoing West African University Games (WAUG), at University of Port Harcourt.
The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) undergraduate, outclassed his peers through the Heats and semis stages by running the fastest times of 10.44s and 10.42s, before blazing to a brilliant time of 10.21s in the final to claim the bragging rights of the fastest university student in West Africa.
In second place was FUTA’s Alaba Akintola, clocking 10.41s to win his second major Silver medal in less than a month, with Barnabas Aggreh of University of Developmental Studies, Ghana, settling for Bronze in 10.51s.
Noteworthy is that Adegoke’s winning time equals his semi-final victorious time at the Commonwealth Games back in April, and is just 0.02s short of his Personal best of 10.19s, which he set during the Heat stages in Australia.
He’ll now have his eyes set on the 200m, where he’ll hope to make it a double win for his prestigious school.
In the women’s event, Joy Udo-Gabriel inspired a 1-2 finish for her school University of Lagos, shaking off a late challenge from Balikis Yakubu.
The African Championship Bronze medallist, clocked 11.63s to add another Gold medal to her shining collections this year, with Yakubu coming in a close second in 11.65s, while UNIPORT’s Grace Nwokocha came in 3rd in 11.71s.
Attention will now shift to Day 3, where more track and field champions will be decided.