The male and female 100m sprints winners at this year’s National Sports Festival in Abuja, Usheoritse Itsekiri of Rivers and Bukola Boluwatife of Ondo have provided divergent reactions to their historic feats in the Federal Capital Territory.
While Usheritse confessed that he was surprised to win the men’s title, Boluwatife said she felt along that she would take the ladies’ crown due to her hard work in training.
Despite being out for five years, due to injury,, Boluwatife stunned everyone in claiming goal, but she was insists it was not a shock, unlike the male winner, who appeared to be in dreamland.
Itsekiri coasted home in a time of 10.27 seconds to win the male event’s gold medal, while Boluwatife crossed the finish line in 11.45 secs in the women’s race.
Boluwatife said she was expecting nothing less than a victory because she had trained hard for the festival.
Peace Uko of Cross River came second to take silver, while Joy Udoh of Delta returned in 11.53 secs to settle for the bronze.
Afterwards, Itsekiri said: “This was based on the fact that my personal best time was one of the poorest among the finalists.”