National 200 meters Champion, Emmanuel Arowolo says it is time to work harder and focus on the next task at hand. Arowolo finished 8th in the men’s 200m semi-finals with a time of 21.25 secs at the just concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
He disclosed to aclsports.com that he sustained an injury early in the 2018 season.
“Commonwealth is over, now it’s time to work harder and focus on the next task at hand. The 2018 season up till now has been an interesting one for me. Interesting because I’ve had some good, bad, and ugly moments”, he said.
Arowolo said, “I injured my hamstring early in the season, and some people thought my best days are behind me. But I came back stronger, ran two Personal Best (PB’s) at the AFN Commonwealth Games Trials and Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Golden League both in Abuja as well as making my first senior national team”.
The Lagos based athlete however apologized for his technical error in the relay race at the Commonwealth Games.
“Though I expected more going to Australia, it was not to be and I take responsibilities for this, especially in the relay. I want to use this medium to apologize to my teammates and coaches, it was a technical error I still can’t understand how it happened, and I’m deeply sorry I put you all down”, he added.
Arowolo who read Industrial Mathematics at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) thanked his personal coach, Godwin Ogogo and his assistant Coach Oseyi for making sure he improved, not forgetting his training partners, close friends and supporters.
Last February, Emmanuel Bamidele won the men’s 400m in 45.28 secs ahead of Orukpe Erayokan, who came second in 46.50 secs, and Isah Salihu, who finished third in 46.56 secs.
While at the Golden League, National 200m Champion Emmanuel Arowolo smashed his Personal Best (PB) by running 20.85 seconds.