Nigeria’s hope of clinching a medal in the 100 metres Men’s event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games got dashed as Enoch Adegoke got injured in the final on Sunday, leaving the track free for Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs to win gold.
Adegoke, who booked his spot for the final of one of the Olympics’ showpiece events earlier in the day, got off to a fine start in the final, but stopped running after 30 metres after he picked up a suspected hamstring injury.
Adegoke was the first Nigerian to make it to the Men’s 100 metres Olympics final for the first time since Davidson Ezenwa at Atlanta 1996, but he could not make his mark in the competition.
The Nigerian had prior to the final impressed as he ran a personal best time of 9.98 seconds in heat 2 and clocked 10:.00 seconds in the semi-final.
In one of the most anticipated and most open 100 metres men’s finals at the Olympics, Jacobs ran a personal best of 9.80 seconds to cross the finishing line first and claim a historic gold for himself and Italy.
Jacobs had only switched away from the long jump to the 100 metres in 2018.
Fred Kerley of the United States of America came second in 9.84 seconds, and Canada’s Andre De Grasse finished third in 9.89 seconds to claim a second successive bronze medal.
Earlier, Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a false start.