PROFILE: Enoch Adegoke

By Nwamere Donald
 
Enoch Adegoke is a Nigerian sprinter who dazzled the world at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 100m, winning his heat in unprecedented fashion with a then-personal best of 10.19s. 100m being his discipline, at age 18 he won his heat and semi-final, progressing to the finals where he finished outside the podium in 7th place with a 10.35s ( 0.32s away from Akani Simbine’s winning time).

In 2019, the sprint sensation ran a blazing 10.27s, claiming the African junior title ahead of South African duo Luke Davis and Phatutshedzo Maswanganyi, breaking a 24-year-old record set by Ibrahim Meite in 1995. He has so far been in attendance for all Nigeria’s international outings to date (world relays, African Games, Cameroun CAA Grand Prix, and the World Championships).

With his level of consistency, Enoch Adegoke is steadily climbing the ladder as one of Nigeria’s best sprinters in the 100m, after clocking a massive 10.12s and 10.15s to win the event at the 2019 MOC Grand Prix and Cameroon Grand Prix respectively.

Soon leaving the shores of Nigeria Enoch, who gained admission into the Florida State University, is hopeful that he will surpass the Olympics qualification mark, and pull off something special at the Olympics. “Though guys are already running fast which is a good thing, it only just means that I would have to buckle up as the season is still fresh,” he says.

 

BIO

Name: Enoch Obaloluwa Adegoke

Nationality: Nigerian

DOB: 8 March 2000 (age 20)

Origin: Igbope, Oyo State.

Education: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

Height: 5’7ft

Weight: 72kg

Discipline: 100m/200m

Coach: Ayokunle Odelusi

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

2016 NATIONAL YOUTH CHAMPION (100M/200M)

NUGA 2017 SILVER MEDALIST (100M/200M)

2018 COMMONWEALTH NATIONAL CHAMPION (100M)

2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES FINALIST

2018 WAUG GOLD MEDALIST (100M)

2018 WAUG SILVER MEDALIST (200M)

2018 NATIONAL SPORT FESTIVAL BRONZE MEDALIST (100M)

2019 NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPION (100M)

2019 AFRICAN JUNIOR CHAMPION (100M)

HIGHEST WORLD RANKING – 64

PERSONAL BEST(S): 100m – 10.12s (Lagos, Nigeria 2019)
200m – 21.07s (Abidjan, CIV 2019)

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