Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo sped to a time of 9.96s to claim the 100m title at the African Games while running at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat on Tuesday, August 27th.
Ekevwo, who was the fastest through the first two rounds of the men’s 100m, winning his heat in 10.20 and dominating his semifinal in 10.26 yesterday had to break sweat to win his first African Games crown.
Going into the final, the sprinter came up against his Nigerian rival, Usheoritse Itsekiri and Ivory Coast’s African Championship Silver medallist Arthur Cisse.
Drawn in lance six, Ekevwo didn’t have the best of starts, but once he got into his strides, he pulled clear of the chasing pack to clinch the win. Cisse was .01s behind as he took Silver, while Itsekiri was third with a new personal Best time of 10.02s.
The win makes him the third Nigerian to win the 100m at the African Games this century after Deji Aliu and Olusoji Fasuba won in at the 2003 and 2007 Games.
Elsewhere, African Championships Bronze medallist, Joy Udo-Gabriel narrowly missed out on a medal after she placed fourth in the women’s 100m with a time of 11.44s.