All of Team Nigeria’s six entrants have qualified for the men’s and women’s 100 metres semi-finals at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in England.
The track and field event of the Games started today at the Alexander Stadium and most of the Nigerian stars eased through their heats.
Favour Ashe won the men’s 100m Heat 1 in 10.12 seconds, finishing ahead of England’s Nethaneel Michell-Blakes (10.12s) and Nadale Bunting of St Kitts and Nevis (10.37s) to advance to the semi-finals.
Raymond Ekevwo also came first in Heat 4, clocking 10.14s, just ahead of Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.15s).
The third Nigeria in men’s 100m, Godson Brume, however had a harder time getting into the semi-finals.
Brume, the younger brother of World Athletics Championships women’s long jump silver medallist Ese, was initially disqualified for a false start but was eventually reinstated.
However, the drama affected his performance as he clocked 10.36s to finish third in Heat 6.
Only the first two finishers in each heat automatically qualifies for the semi-finals and Brume was made to wait for a while before he was confirmed as one of the non-automatic qualifiers.
Overall, Sri Lanka’s Yukun Abeykoon clocked the best time in the heats with 10.06s, followed by Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala (10.07s) and Cameroon’s Emmanuel Eseme (10.08s).
Ashe and Ekevwo returned the seventh and eighth best times overall respectively.
in the women’s 100m, Grace Nwokocha ran her second fastest time ever to win her heat in 10.99s, easing to the semi-finals.
Joy Udo-Gabriel also qualified for the semi-finals, running her season’s best of 11.43s to finish third in Heat 5 behind Michelle Lee-Ahye (11.14s) and Tynia Gaither (11.19s).
Rosemary Chukwuma picked up Nigeria’s third spot in the women’s 100m semi-finals, winning Heat 4 in 11.02s.