Three-time champion Obinna Metu has reclaimed the 100m from the grip of Ogho Oghene Egwero in a hotly contested race at the on going All Nigeria/Cross River Athletics Championships in Calabar.
Peter Emelieze, who came into Nigeria’s London Olympic Trials in Calabar as a contender, posted the most disappointing time of 10.39 to place 6th despite winning his semi final earlier in 10.21.
Speaking shortly after the race, Metu insisted that his best was yet to come.
“I am happy I have proved here that changing one’s training regime and coach can sometime be beneficial. Despite taking the title here, my best is yet to come. My aim is to do well at the Olympics in London and not just becoming local champion here,” gushed Metu who earlier had posted 10.17 to win his semi final race.
Metu who competed in the colours of Prisons Service, promised to also add the longer sprint (200m) to the 100m title already in the bag.
Commenting on Metu’s feat, Team Nigeria’s Head Coach, Innocent Egbunike described the new champion as a worthy student ready to put into practice all that he learnt at the Atlanta camp.
“I am blessed to see him smiling now. He told he was coming here to show a few of the new tricks he learnt at the Olympic camp.He had challenges coming to the camp. I am happy that some of the athletes from that camp have shown that it was not all a waste of effort,” observed Egbunike who anchored Nigeria’s 4x400m relay quartet to a bronze medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.