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I'm pissed for multiple records in African Games, says Nigerian ace sprinter

Posted : 29 February 2024

Tokyo Olympics 100m finalist, Enoch Adegoke, has set a target to break multiple records at the 13th African Games in Accra, Ghana.

The 2019 African U-20 100m champion expressed readiness to surpass his Personal Best and eye a record-breaking future.

Recall that Adegoke made history in 2021 as the first Nigerian man in 25 years to run in the final of the 100m event at the Olympics after Davidson Ezinwa in 1996.

Speaking on the injury that derailed his ambition of finishing among the three medalists at the Summer Olympics-Tokyo 2020, Adegoke said it was an opportunity to experience the grace of God.

The Nigerian athlete, who is training at the Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja ahead of the Games, said preparations are in top gear, with the support of his coaches.

He noted that he is dedicated to giving his best at the Games through hard work, discipline, and paying the ultimate sacrifice where needed.

"The preparation is going fine, and being in camp is another opportunity to get focused, get myself prepared, having not to think about anything but to come here and train.

"I trust God to have good performance in either the flats or relays that I will be running. I will try my best, give my own quota to the best of the team.

"On my part, getting myself better in training and also listening to my coach's instructions is something I know I have to get better at as well. It is just my part, getting training, more disciplined, more dedicated, and of course, sacrifice where I need to.

"My current Personal Best is 9.98s in 100m and 21.0s over 200m, and I trust God that by the end of the season, I should be able to get far lower than that.

"By God's grace, I am targeting a minimum of 9.8s at the end of the season, and over 200m, I just want to run 20.0s to be sincere. I know it is achievable.

"Initially, it was a very bad one for me because I felt getting to the finals and having to get injured.

"Thinking of it overtime, I just saw it as an opportunity to experience the grace of God. Being the first person in over 25 years to get to the 100m finals in the Olympics, it was a great one."


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