One of Nigeria’s hopes for a medal in sprints at the forthcoming Olympic Games in London, Peter Emelieze, is already turning out good times in the IAAF Indoor Circuit. The Nigerian sprinter ran a time of 6.62s in the 60m in France on Tuesday. That was a personal best for the new indoor season to follow up on his impressive performance in Moscow on Sunday.
Though he came fourth in the final race, he ran that personal best in Heat 2, while he ran 6.63s in the final to come fourth behind Lerone Clarke of Jamaica, who also ran a personal best of 6.50 followed by French sprint star, Christophe Lemaitre, who ran a season best time of 6.57. In third place was another Jamaican, Michael Frater, who clocked in at 6.62. Emelieze was fractionally behind in fourth.
Emelieze was the fastest in the heats at the Russian Winter IAAF Permit Indoor Meetings, where he ran 6.65s, but also had to settle for fourth position in the final, a race won by Dwain Chambers in a close finale. In the women’s 60m event, Seun Adigun ran a dismal time of 8.58m to place fifth in her heat.
Russian superstar, Yelena Isinbayeva returned to competition with a win in the pole vault when she vaulted 4.81m to announce her preparation for an assault on another gold medal in London in the summer.