Raymond Ekevwo: African Games Champion Speeds Back Into Reckoning
Raymond Ekevwo ran the fastest time by a Nigerian this season with 10.04s (1.9) to win the men’s 100m at the MJ Invitational.
Ekevwo won the race ahead of Isaiah Cunningham, 2nd in 10.19s and Jacoby Shelton in third 10.21s.
He becomes the 2nd Nigerian to get the qualifying time to the World Championships in the 100m after Enoch Adegoke.
Ekevwo ran his first-ever sub-10 seconds in the 100m, clocking 9.96 seconds to become the fifth Nigerian to win the 100m gold at the African Games.
Other sprinters to achieve the feat includes Chidi Imoh (1987), Davidson Ezinwa (1995), Deji Aliu (2003) and Olusoji (2007).
However, Raymond Ekevwo is returning from a reported injury that kept him out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The African Games Champion sped to the top of the 2022 Nigerian list and his fastest since 2019, clocking a massive SB of 10.04s.
Meanwhile, the time is the 3rd best career time with a series of 9.96s and 10.02s.
Also, Raymond Ekevwo is the sixth fastest on the Nigeria 100m all-time list.
He’s behind Fasuba (9.85), Divine Oduduru (9.86), Seun Ogunkoya (9.92), Davidson Ezinwa (9.94), Olapade Adeniken (9.95) and Deji Aliu (9.95).
The University of Florida graduate will be hoping to make up for his Olympic miss.
Furthermore, the trio of Amusan, Rosemary and Favour Ofili have achieved the qualifying time for the world championships.
The World athletics championship will hold in Oregon, United States later in the year.