Hopes that African Champion, Damola Osayomi, would make it to the London Olympics Games literally went up in smokes on Thursday evening at the U.J Esuene Stadium Calabar as the reigning African champion finished last in the 200m finals for women.
Osayomi who had earlier finished 4th in the 100m event on Wednesday was a shadow of herself in the race as she struggled to finish. Osayomi told PREMIUM TIMES that she is ready to abide by any decision taken by Federation even though she complained of some bias against her.
Already the President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Solomon Ogba, emphasized that only athletes with ‘A’ standards will be given the opportunity to don the country’s colours in London. It is however not clear if Osayomi will be given another opportunity to prove her worth at next week’s African Championships in Benin Republic
Meanwhile Lawreta Ozoh emerged as winner in the 200m finals with a time of 22.73secs while Gloria Asunmu and Christy Udoh finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Metu records sprint double
After winning the 100m event in grand style on Wednesday, Obinna Metu completed a sprint double on Thursday when he again, won the 200m event. Metu finished tops with a time of 20.91sec while Noah Akwu and Elvis Ukale finished behind in second and third positions respectively with a time of 20.98 and 21.28secs.
Metu revealed he was surprised that he still won the race even after exerting all his energy in winning the 100m a day before.
“I just thank God for blessing my talent, I never knew I can do this again because I used all my energy in the 100m event,” he said.
According to Metu, the possibility of running with the big guns like Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt at the Olympics will bring out the best in him.
“No I won’t say I am afraid of them, they will only bring out the best in me. I have trained with Usain Bolt and also ran with tyson Gay before so meeting them at the Olympics will be good,” he said.