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Nigerian stars win gold for Bahrain at Asian Games

Nigerian-born Bahrain sprinter Edidiong Odiong on Sunday won gold at the 18th Asian Games women’s 100m final   at the 76,127-capacity  Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The 21-year-old, who ditched Nigeria for a lucrative deal with the island country in 2015, dipped late to finish in 11.30secs becoming Asia’s fastest woman.

India’s Dutee Chand ran 11.32secs to pick up silver while 2014 champion China’s Wei Yongli won bronze.

Although Odiong, who won the  400m event  at the 2013 African Youth Athletics Championships  in Warri and  represented Nigeria at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Oregon, United States,  switched her international allegiance to Bahrain in 2015, she was cleared by the International Association of Athletics Federations to compete for her new owners  the following year.

Abbas Abubakar, Salwa Naser (Ebelechukwu Agbapuonwu) and Kemi Adekoya had earlier dumped Nigeria for cash-rich Bahrain.

Naser won the women’s 400m gold after finishing in 50.09secs while India’s Hima Das arrived in 50.79secs to claim silver.

The 20-year-old, who ran 50.06secs to win silver the London 2017 World Championships, has won four legs of the Diamond League Series this year. She has so far won three  gold for her adopted country since she started competing for them since she had her first success at the 2014 Arab Junior Athletics Championships in Cairo.

In   men’s 100m Nigerian-born runner   Femi Ogunode   claimed   silver in a time of 10 secs.

China’s Su Bingtian grabbed gold after clocking 9.92 secs.  Japan’s Ryota Yamagata carted home bronze   for his effort.

Su, who tied the Asian record created by the Nigerian-born Qatar sprinter Femi Ogunode in 2015 after running 9.91secs in the 100m race at the Paris leg of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League in June, expressed his readiness for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“I expected I could explode in the final, but I didn’t,” the 28-year-old was quoted by Xinhua as telling reporters at the mixed zone after winning Sunday’s event.

“I’m proud to win honours for my country, but I do hope for more at Tokyo Olympic Games.”