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Nwokocha and Chukwuma miss out on podium finish in the women’s 100m at the Commonwealth Games


Two of Nigeria’s sprinting sensations, Grace Nwokocha and Rosemary Chukwuma came close to getting on the podium in the final of the women’s 100m final at the ongoing Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham after they finished fourth and fifth in the final.

Nwokocha, the Nigerian 100m Champion had run 10.99s and 11.06s in the heats and the semifinal and was tipped to get on the podium, thereby becoming the Nigerian since Blessing Okagbare won Gold at the Glasgow games in 2014.

Drawn in lane 8, the North Carolina AT &T student got off to a good start, with New Zealand’s Zoe Hobbs adjacent to her. However, with about 30m to go Nwokocha began to fade off as she settled for fifth place, clocking 11.18s.

” I gave it my all, and I really hoped I could get on the podium. It is another good experience for me. I will go back, look at my mistakes and ensure I make amends going into the 200m.” Nwokocha told the Making of Champions.

Her compatriot, Rosemary Chukwuma who also had smooth progress through the heats and semis on Day 1 and 2 also came within whiskers of making the podium, missing out by just one-tenth of a second as she ran a time of 11.17s.

Chukwuma who competes for Texas Tech and boasts a lifetime best of 10.99s ran a much better race and was in the mix until around the last 20m. The 20-year-Old however seemed to bulge under the pressure from the double Olympic Champion who eventually went on to claim Gold for Jamaica with 10.95s.

Both Nwokocha and Chukwuma will now set their attention on the 200m and the relays later in the championships as they will hope to win their first senior global medals.

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