The Edo State Government has praised the outstanding performance of sprinter Enoch Adegoke, who reached the final of the men’s 100m event at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Sunday.
It was the first time in 25 years a Nigerian male sprinter would reach the final of the Games but he was unable to finish the race after what looked like a hamstring injury after 40 metres of the race won by Italian Lamont Jacobs.
Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, on Sunday commended Adegoke for his feat, noting that if not for the bad luck that hit the athlete, he was on the path to claim a medal for Nigeria at the event.
He said despite the outcome of the race, Edo State Government would give Adegoke a red-carpet reception when he returns to the country as he is a worthy ambassador of the state.
Shaibu said, “Edo people are very proud of the performance of Enoch Adegoke. He was a medal hopeful until that muscle pull. The incident in the final was unfortunate as his takeoff was very good but after about 40 to 50 meters the bad luck in the game caught up with him. We will celebrate with him.
“Our focus is to bring him back home as our ambassador and prepare him for other future activities and also check his medical condition to ensure in future events he doesn’t suffer such ill luck.”