The 21-year old sprinter had hamstring injury 40m into the 100m final race with him clearly ahead of Canada’s Andre de Grasse on his outer lane. The Canadian picked the bronze medal.
The National Sports Festival fastest man last April gave a hint of what to expect in the final race when he flew past USA’s Trayvon Bromell in 9.98secs new personal Best time to reach the semi final of the blue ribband event of Tokyo 2020
The feat was a confirmation of his arrival in the league of top sprinters in the world.
And in the absence of world’s fastest in 2021, Christian Coleman and Trayvon Bromell (who crashed out in the semis), the 100m final had been narrowed down to South Africa’s Simbine Akani and De Grasse. Adegoke and eventual winner, Italy’s Lamont Jacobs, were considered outsiders for the title. Adegoke’s dark horse status was more of an advantage.
He was not under any pressure to false start like another Nigerian Divine Oduduru who ended his 100m quest in the heat as he was fired after all the sprinters in that heat had earlier been given warning for a technical fault.
Despite Adegoke’s inability to finish the race, he still entered Nigeria’s track history books as the first Nigerian 100m finalist since Davidson Ezinwa placed seventh at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.