By Anthony Nlebem.
Following his feat at the African U18 and U20 Championships held in Zambia, Nigerian sprinter Kanyinsola Ajayi has set his sights on winning qualification for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest later this year.
Ajayi is one of Nigeria’s fast-rising speedsters with big dreams of breaking into international prominence this year.
The 18-year-old African junior champion clocked 10.52secs to win the U20 men’s 100m final at the African U18 and U20 Championships.
He overcame challenges from Zambia’s Malambo Chongo and South Africa’s Matthew Van Rooyen to clinch the gold medal.
The sprinter was also part of the relay team that won gold in the 4x400m.
“It was a great performance winning the gold medal in the U20 100m men’s race and I am grateful to God. Although the 10.52secs I returned was not even close to my Personal Best.
“I plan to go back to training, do more intense training and run a qualification time for Budapest 2023.”
Ajayi clocked the fastest time of 10.65s in his qualifying heat at the Lagos Club Athletics Series held in February at the Yaba College of Technology, where he ran an impressive Season’s Best of 10.37secs, defeating favourite Enoch Adegoke, who clocked 10.56secs.