Femi Ogunode of Qatar smashes Asian Games 100m record

Qatar`s Femi Ogunode won the Asian Games 100 metres gold in a new continental record time of 9.93 seconds despite wet conditions in Incheon on Sunday.

AFP| Updated: Sep 29, 2014, 00:35 AM IST
Femi Ogunode of Qatar smashes Asian Games 100m record

Incheon: Qatar`s Femi Ogunode won the Asian Games 100 metres gold in a new continental record time of 9.93 seconds despite wet conditions in Incheon on Sunday.

Nigeria-born Ogunode, who won the 200-400m double at the 2010 Asiad, beat China`s Su Bingtan, with Japan`s Kei Takase third.

Hopes for an Asia-born athlete finally breaking the 10-second barrier sank with Su crossing in 10.10 and his Chinese team-mate Zhang Peimeng timing 10.18 in fourth.

Ogunode`s win is Qatar`s second athletics gold of the tournament, pulling them level in their shootout with fellow wealthy Gulf state Bahrain.

His time bettered the 9.99 that team-mate Samuel Francis ran at the Asian Championships in 2007. Francis, visibly struggling with a leg injury, finished last.