Metu Reclaims 100m Title
Posted: Jun 21, 2012
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Three-time champion Obinna Metu needed a new lifetime best of 10.11 seconds to reclaim the Nigeria 100m title from Ogho-Oghene Egwero who also ran a new personal season's best of 10.19 seconds on Day 2 of the ongoing Cross River State/All Nigeria Open Athletics Championships in Calabar.USA-based Stanley Azie,the second pre-championships fastest man picked the bronze in 10.32 seconds.
Speaking shortly after the race, Metu,who was prevented last year by Egwero from becoming the first man to win the title four consecutive times insisted that his best was yet to come.
“I am happy I have proved here that changing one’s training regime and coach can sometime be beneficial. Despite taking the title here, my best is yet to come. My aim is to do well at the Olympics in London and not just becoming a local champion here,” gushed Metu who earlier had posted 10.17,one hundreth of a second off his hitherto personal best of 10.16 seconds to win his semifinal race.
Metu, who competed here in the colours of Prisons Service, promised to also add the longer sprint (200m) to the 100m title already in the bag.
Commenting on Metu’s feat, Team Nigeria’s Head Coach, Innocent Egbunike described the new champion as a worthy student ready to put into practice all that he learnt at the Atlanta camp.
“I am blessed to see him smiling now. He told he was coming here to show a few of the new tricks he learnt at the Olympic camp. He had challenges coming to the camp. I am happy that some of the athletes from that camp have shown that it was not all a waste of effort,” observed Egbunike who anchored Nigeria’s 4x400m relay quartet to a bronze medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
Dethroned Egwero accepted defeat with all humility. “You win some, lose some. Today was not just my day. I congratulate Obinna (Metu) for giving me a good race. Now that the 100m is over, let’s see what happens in the 200m on Thursday.”
In the other events, Triple Jump champion, UK based Tosin Oke erased his previous personal best of 17.22m by an inch to a new 17.23m. Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps’ Olajide Abiola (15.05m) and George Jones(14.95m) of the Prisons service were second and third respectively.
In the women’s 100m hurdles event,University of Houston assistant coach,Seun Adigun hurdled to 13.13secs new personal season's best to successfully defend her title and relegated,in the process Uhunoma Naomi Osazuwa (13.16) and Jessica Ohanaja (13.30) to the second and third positions respectively.
Cross River State long distance runner, Israel Sadjo, who won all the six legs of the AFN Golden League and a share of the N2m prize money, reconfirmed his position when he easily clinched the 5000m event in 14 mins.33.19. John Bulus Jah of High Altitude Club (14.33.27) and Danjuma Kopkuddi of Immigration (14.40.71) placed second and third respectively.
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