Nigerian sprinter, Seye Ogunlewe came fourth place and narrowly missed out of finishing in a medal position in the men’s 100 metres final of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, taking place in Australia.
Ogunlewe placed fourth on Monday after recording a personal best time of 10.19 secs in a photo-finish with Jamaican athlete,Yohan Blake, who also posted 10.19 secs.
However, it was Blake who was given third-place and the bronze medal after a much-deliberated review by the officials.
The other Nigerian in the final, Enoch Adegoke, finished seventh with a time of 10.35 secs.
Akani Simbine from South Africa won the 100m gold with a time of 10.03 secs, while his compatriot Henricho Bruintjies won silver with a time of 10.17 secs.
With a packed crowd at Carrara Stadium roaring, Simbine blazed down the straight and crossed ahead of team mate Henricho Bruintjies in 10.03 seconds.
Michelle Lee-Ahye, right, wins the first ever Women’s 100m GOLD for Trinidad & Tobago
Blake struggled for balance after a messy start and finished with the bronze in a time of 10.19 seconds, after qualifying fastest with a time of 10.06 in the semi-finals.
“I was stumbling all the way,” the 28-year-old told reporters ruefully. I just didn’t recover from it. It was a pretty easy race for me to win because I’ve been feeling good.
“It was just, never (going) to happen today, I don’t know. I’m a bit disappointed because I’ve been feeling good, I’ve been running good.”
Blake’s compatriot and athletics great Usain Bolt congratulated his former team mate and Simbine on Twitter.
“Keep putting in the work. You know your journey.”
The path to gold was made smoother for Simbine, with England runner Adam Gemili, a 4x100m relay gold medallist at the London world championships, pulling out before the final with a thigh injury.
Michelle-Lee Ahye held off a two-pronged Jamaican challenge to claim the women’s 100m gold for Trinidad and Tobago in 11.14.
Ahye edged Christania Williams (11.21), with her Jamaican team mate Gayon Evans taking bronze.
World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya kicked off her bid for a Commonwealth double with a comfortable win in the 1,500m heats in four minutes and 05.86 seconds.
In another development, Nigeria’s table tennis team defeated England 3-2 in the men’s team semi-finals at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
it was reported that the team would face India in the final.
Segun Toriola lost Nigeria’s first match 3-2 (14-12, 9-11, 7-11,13-11,7-11) to Paul Drinkhall, but in match 2, Bode Abiodun recovered from two sets down to beat Liam Pitchford 3-2 (8-11,9-11-4,13-11,11-5).
The pair of Olajide Omotayo and Segun Toriola beat the duo of Samuel Walker and Paul Drinkhall 3-1 (2-11, 11-7,12-10,11-7) in match 3.
Although Olajide Omotayo lost 3-2 (11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 11-9, 5-11) to Liam Pitchford in match 4, Bode Abiodun sealed Nigeria’s place in the final by beating Samuel Walker in match 5 with a nervy 3-2 (8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8) win.
The Nigerian had defeated host Australia 3-1 in the quarter-finals, as well as Belize 3-0 and Malaysia 3-1 in the group games.