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World Athletics U-20: Nigeria flops in men’s, women’s 100m finals

TEAM Nigeria failed to build on their impressive start to the World Athletics U-20 Championships on Thursday with dismal performances in Nairobi, Kenya.

The country had opened the championships with a bang on Wednesday, winning the first gold medal on offer in the mixed 4×400m relay and qualifying for a bunch of finals.

However, a rain-soaked Thursday was a different story, with disappointing consecutive performances.

In the women’s 100 metres final, Nigeria’s Praise Ofoku finished just outside the medal zone in fourth place, returning a time of 11.53 seconds.

Jamaica’s Tina Clayton, who recently turned 17 years old, won gold in a personal best 11.09s, followed by Namibia’s Beatrice Masilingi (11.39s) and Switzerland’s Melissa Gutschmidt (11.51s).

Nigeria did even worse in the men’s 100m final that followed and closed the day’s events.

The promising Godson Oghenebrume, the younger brother of Tokyo Olympics medallist Ese Brume, was supposed to be one of the medal prospects in the race.

Instead, he finished dead last of the eight finalists, crossing the line in 10.74s.
Botswana’s Letslie Tebogo won the race in 10.19s to become the first athlete from his country to win a gold medal in men’s 100m at the competition ever, while South Africa’s Benjamin Richardson got silver in 10.28s and Cuba’s Shanier Cuba bronze in 10.32s.

Another Nigerian athlete, Ezekiel Nathaniel squeezed into the men’s 400m hurdles semi-finals after finishing fourth in Heat 1 in a personal best time of 51.63s, in a race won by Jamaica’s Roshawn Clarke in 50.93s.

Meanwhile, Kenya claimed gold and silver in the women’s 3000m, with Teresiah Muthoni Gateri winning 8:57.78 ahead of her compatriot Zenah Jemutai Yego.

Events on Thursday were affected by a heavy rain that caused delays and forced some to be postponed until Friday.

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