Tokyo 2020: Adegoke, Amusan break Nigeria’s Olympic records

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Enoch Adegoke and Tobi Amusan have broken Nigeria’s records in athletics at Olympics.

Adegoke became Nigeria’s first 100m Olympic finalist since 1996 clocking 10.00s in heat 2 men’s 100m semis.

With this, he broke a 25-year record after Davidson Ezinwa at Atlanta in 1996.

On her part, Amusan wins her first semi-final in 12.62s to become first Nigerian since Glory Alozie at Sydney 2000 to qualify for the 100m Hurdles final at the Olympics.

She broke Nigeria’s 21-year-old record.

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men’s 100m semis was a tight race that ended in a photo-finish, with Adegoke ending up in second place in 10.00secs, the same time as American T. Brommell, with Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, clocked 9.98secs, in first place.

Compatriot Usheoritse crashed out in the semi-finals the men’s 100m after he finished seventh in his heat in 10.29secs.

Adegoke’s 10.00secs is the slowest among the eight athletes qualified for the final, and the Nigerian, who clocked 9.98secs on the way to the semis, will be hoping to be in the form his life to end up on the podium.

In the women’s 100m hurdles event, Amusan clocked 12.62s to book a place in the final, which comes up on Monday.