A faulty electronic stopwatch marred the women’s 100m hurdles final at the Nigeria Athletics Federation Olympic Trials at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos on Friday.
Tobi Amusan, who was hoping to beat Gloria Alozie’s 23-year-old African record in this event, won the race comfortably, but the electronic stopwatch did not display the time at the end of the race, remaining at 0.00 seconds.
The manual stopwatch, which was eventually used, recorded that Amusan won the race in 12.3 seconds, which would have erased Alozie’s 12.44 seconds, which had been set in 1998.
But the time was not there because World Athletics only recognizes the electronic timing device.
It was a big disappointment for the fans, who had cheered Amusan on and hoped she would set a new African record in the women’s hurdles event.
Miracle Thompson was third in 13.1 seconds, while Favor Ezewuzie clocked 13.5 seconds to grab third place.
Oyeniyi Abejoye won the men’s 100m hurdles in 13.83 seconds, while Alex Al-Ameen and Musa Wisdom were second and third respectively in 13.99 seconds and 14.10 seconds.
Jerry Japka defeated Gafaru Audu and Adekalu Fakorede in second and third place respectively in the men’s 200m, while Grace Nwokocha continued her good form ahead of the Olympics, winning the women’s 200m ahead of Tina Godbless and Olayinka Olajide respectively in second and third. places.
In other finals also decided on Friday, Chidi Okezie won the men’s 400m, while Patience Okon-George won the women’s 400m. Michael Edwards also won the men’s high jump with a jump of 2.20m, while Sade Oyesade won the women’s shot put with a throw of 17.52m.