Fast rising Nigerian sprinter, Emmanuel Arowolo’s quest to qualify for his first World Athletics Championships finally materialized as he produced a great exhibition of power sprinting to win the men’s 200m at the 2019 Cameroon CAA Grand Prix in Yaounde on Saturday, July 20th.
Arowolo, who went into the Grand Prix with a Personal Best (PB) of 20.85s-which he clocked in Abuja last year, needed to break the 22.40s time which the IAAF had set as the benchmark for athletes looking to compete in the 200m at the World Championships in Doha in September.
That was what he did, as he clipped 0.48s from his previous PB to coast to victory in 20.37s. Botswana’s Leaname Maotanong was 2nd in 20.74s, while Rapael Ngaguele of Cameroon followed in 3rd in a time of 21.17s.
Elsewhere, Commonwealth Games finalist, Enoch Adegoke agonizingly fell short of the World Championship final mark after clocking a PB of 10.15s to win the men’s 100m at the Grand Prix, narrowly missing out on the qualification mark by 0.15s.
However, with the Nigerian Championships taking center stage from the 25-27th of July at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, Adegoke will have another shot at meeting the standard.