ECOWAS U23 gold medalist in Abuja and Delta athlete, Ogho Oghene Egwero at the weekend continued his hunt for the 2 million naira Athletics Federation of Nigeria jackpot prize of the 2011 Golden League when he stormed to a 10.33 seconds to win the 100m event of the 2nd leg in Ado Ekiti. Fred Agbaje (10.56) of CDA and Navy athlete, Chukwuma Onyeaku (10.65) finished second and third respectively.
At the first leg in Port Harcourt penultimate weekend, Egwero started his season with a slow 10.55 to lead the field.
But on Saturday, the top sprinter who is mindful of the long season ahead, due to both the All Africa Games slated for September and the World Championships in August in Deagu, South Korea admitted that he couldn’t afford to go full steam just yet.
“We have a long season with both the All Africa Games and the World Championships coming up later this year. So, what I am doing now is just part of my build up for the season. As you can see, the 10.33 I ran here is an improvement over my Port Harcourt race. I do not intend to go out of my training programme so as not to burn out when it matter most,” observed Egwero who ran in the same heats as Usain Bolt at the last World Championships in Berlin, Germany two years ago.
In the female version of the race, Deborah Odeyemi of A-Class club out-sprint both Blessing Ibirah of the Police (11.92) and Susan Akene (12.00) to win the race. Odeyemi powered home in 11.77.
Tobi Ogunmola of ICDO won the quarter mile in 46.49 to leave Abiola Onakoya (46.66) and Godday James (47.15) both of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps struggling for the second and third positions.
Bukola Abogunloko had no serious contest in the women 400m as the 2010 World Junior Championships 4x400m silver medalist coasted home in 52.83. Josephine Ehigie (53.10) of the Police team and Rita Ossai (53.94) of Mausi Club picked the silver and bronze.