Nigeria's sprinters Faith Okwose and Justina Eyakpobeyan won gold and silver in the women’s 100m at the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games
Nigeria's sprinters Faith Okwose and Justina Eyakpobeyan won gold and silver in the women’s 100m at the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (August 7) — The 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games bore witness to an absence of Jamaican sprinters in the women’s 100m event, which Nigerians dominated with two medals.

Nigeria’s Faith Okwose to take the limelight at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Monday. Despite Jamaica’s non-participation, Okwose’s remarkable performance illuminated the track as she surged to victory with a noteworthy time of 11.26 seconds (+0.8 m/s), clinching the coveted gold medal.

Faith Okwose’s journey to greatness commenced earlier in the day, gaining momentum during the semifinals. She dashed to a remarkable time of 11.42 seconds, surpassing the previous Games record. Notably, her compatriot Justina Eyakpobeyan matched her stride, clocking in at 11.35 seconds in a later semifinal race.

Undeterred by the competition, Okwose showcased her resilience, returning to the final event and setting a new personal best with her remarkable 11.26-second run.

Among her peers, Eyakpobeyan secured the silver medal, showcasing her remarkable skills with a time of 11.29 seconds.

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On the men’s side, Jamaica’s representative, Shaquane Gordon, won bronze, securing his medal with a time of 10.43 seconds.

England’s Teddy Wilson secured his place in Commonwealth Youth Games history by clinching victory in the 100m event with a swift time of 10.37 seconds. Another English contender, Ebuka Nwokeji, displayed remarkable prowess, achieving a personal best time of 10.43 seconds and earning the silver medal.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.