Not many Nigerian Sports enthusiasts who aren’t keenly following Athletics had heard about Enoch Adegoke, but the moment he became the first Nigerian male athlete in 25 years since Davidson Ezinwa to make an Olympic 100m final, he started generating an interest that was trickling away from the sport.
In fact, the name Adegoke started resonating loudly on Saturday 31st July when he stormed to an astonishing 9.98s to win his 100m heat at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, becoming the 11th man from Nigeria who belong to an exclusive club of sub 10s runners.
It’s not like Adegoke is an upstart, he is the reigning Nigerian champion, winning the 100m title at the National Championships two months ago in Lagos with a then Personal Best of 10.00s. He actually made an entrance on the global scene when he stormed to 10.19s three years ago in Gold Coast in his first race at the Commonwealth Games.
For over five years, Adegoke has been a household name for Athletics buffs in Nigeria, so it has been a big leap for Track and Field with his progress at the Olympics, making inroads and drawing attention to a sport with huge potentials to flourish in the country.