By Dare Esan:
He may be a prophet without honour in his country but two-time African Championships gold medallist Tosin Oke is considered one of the top triple jumpers in the world.
The former Commonwealth Games champion will be the lone bonafide Nigerian in action on Thursday evening in Stockholm, Sweden when the IAAF Diamond League train makes its eighth stop.
Oke who ended up as the eighth best in the world last year at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China will be up against reigning world champion and 2016 world leader Christian Taylor as he aims to improve on his Diamond Race standing.
The Nigerian is presently sitting in the 10th position with two points in the ranking and will want to shake off the disappointment of being left out of the 20th edition of the African Championships in Athletics which begins next week in Durban, South Africa with a quality performance to enhance his position as the number one triple jumper in Nigeria so far this year with a legal best of 16.73m and a wind-aided best of 16.87m which happens to be the best jump in Africa so far this year albeit technically the Nigerian is considered second in the 2016 African ranking behind Namibia’s Roger Haitengi whose legal best of 16.78A is five centimetres better than Oke’s.
Meanwhile Olu Olamigoke, the 2015 All Africa Games triple jump silver medallist, may have been dropped by the AFN from the 29-man list of athletes it released early in the week for the African Championships in Athletics in South Africa.
Complete Sports checks at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Athletics revealed that both Oke and Olamigoke will not have the opportunity of challenging defending champion South Africa Khotso Mokoena for the title.