Femi Ogunode smashes 100m record on Day Two of Games

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Qatari sprinter Femi Ogunode stole the headlines on day two of the Asian Games when he stormed his way to gold in a new area record time of 9.93 seconds.

Ogunode, who was born in Nigeria, recovered from a slow start to power his way through the field and cross the line 0.06s quicker than the previous record held by compatriot Samuel Francis.


"I had a feeling that I would break the Asian record and I promise I'll win more gold medals here" he was quoted as saying on the IAAF website. The 23-year-old is also due to compete in the 200m and the 4X100m relay.

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The world indoor bronze medalist from Sopot earlier this year had shown signs a fast time was on the cards when he clocked a relatively comfortable 10.02 in the semi-final, but the nature of his performance, alongside the confident nature in he gives off, were perhaps the most impressive.


After winning the gold he also made a clear statement of intent; "Look out for me in the World Championships in China in 2015 and the Rio Olympic Games in 2016."

A 9.93 time would have been enough for bronze in last year's world championship's final in Moscow and, at only 23, the signs are there that Ogunode could challenge for more major medals in the years to come.

Elsewhere in the competition, Saudi Arabia’s Youssef Masrahi showed his class to win the 400m title in a new Games record of 44.46, while Bahrain's Kemi Adekoya easily won the women's one-lap event, clocking 51.59.

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