Uchenna EMEDOLU

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Nigeria Nigeria
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    17 SEP 1976
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    177331
Nigerian sprinter Uchenna Emedolu (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 9.97 +0.6 Abuja (NGR) 12 OCT 2003
200 Metres 20.31 +0.4 Rieti (ITA) 08 SEP 2002
200 Metres 20.22 * +4.3 Helsinki (FIN) 09 AUG 2005
200 Metres 20.0h 0.0 Abuja (NGR) 05 MAY 2007
300 Metres 35.03 Viseu (POR) 01 MAY 2004
4x100 Metres Relay 38.23 Athina (GRE) 28 AUG 2004

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
60 Metres 6.66 Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2002
200 Metres 20.84 Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2002

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2009

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 10.41 +1.3 Lugano (SUI) 12 JUN 2009

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2009 10.41 +1.3 Lugano (SUI) 12 JUN 2009
2008 10.21 +1.2 Addis Abeba (ETH) 01 MAY 2008
2007 10.23 0.0 Abuja (NGR) 05 MAY 2007
2006 10.14 +0.2 Abuja (NGR) 11 FEB 2006
2005 10.13 Abuja (NGR) 09 JUL 2005
2004 10.05 +0.1 Rethymno (GRE) 23 JUN 2004
2003 9.97 +0.6 Abuja (NGR) 12 OCT 2003
2002 10.06 -0.3 Madrid (ESP) 20 SEP 2002
2001 10.11 +0.6 Berlin (GER) 31 AUG 2001
2000 10.46 +0.9 Adelaide (AUS) 24 AUG 2000

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2008 21.06 -0.8 Brazzaville (CGO) 01 JUN 2008
2007 20.66 +0.2 Doha (QAT) 11 MAY 2007
2006 20.51 +0.1 Abuja (NGR) 11 FEB 2006
2005 20.55 +0.2 Thessaloniki (GRE) 17 JUL 2005
2004 20.39 0.0 Rethymno (GRE) 23 JUN 2004
2003 20.38 +0.6 Abuja (NGR) 14 OCT 2003
2002 20.31 +0.4 Rieti (ITA) 08 SEP 2002
2001 20.34 +0.8 Rieti (ITA) 02 SEP 2001
2000 20.69 +0.6 Adelaide (AUS) 13 AUG 2000
1999 21.08 0.0 Lagos (NGR) 29 JUL 1999

Outdoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004 35.03 Viseu (POR) 01 MAY 2004

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2006 38.87 Athina (GRE) 16 SEP 2006
2005 39.29 Helsinki (FIN) 12 AUG 2005
2004 38.23 Athina (GRE) 28 AUG 2004
2003 38.58 Paris (FRA) 30 AUG 2003
2002 38.63 Madrid (ESP) 20 SEP 2002
2000 38.85 Sydney (AUS) 29 SEP 2000

Indoor

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2006/07 6.68 Valencia (ESP) 10 FEB 2007
2004/05 6.67 Madrid (ESP) 24 FEB 2005
2003/04 6.67 Peania (GRE) 22 FEB 2004
2002/03 6.70 Athina (GRE) 06 MAR 2003
2001/02 6.66 Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2002

Indoor

200 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004/05 21.13 Peania (GRE) 20 FEB 2005
2003/04 21.30 Peania (GRE) 22 FEB 2004
2001/02 20.84 Liévin (FRA) 24 FEB 2002

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.23 Athina (GRE) 28 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.89 Paris (FRA) 31 AUG 2003
6. 100 Metres 10.22 0.0 Paris (FRA) 25 AUG 2003
8. 200 Metres 20.62 +0.1 Paris (FRA) 29 AUG 2003

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 10.06 -0.3 Madrid (ESP) 20 SEP 2002
3. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.63 Madrid (ESP) 20 SEP 2002
4. 100 Metres 10.14 +1.1 Athina (GRE) 16 SEP 2006
5. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.87 Athina (GRE) 16 SEP 2006

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 200 Metres 20.61 -1.5 Bambous (MRI) 13 AUG 2006
2. 100 Metres 10.44 -1.9 Bambous (MRI) 10 AUG 2006
2. 100 Metres 10.00 +3.8 Radés (TUN) 07 AUG 2002
2. 100 Metres 10.21 +1.2 Addis Abeba (ETH) 01 MAY 2008

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 200 Metres 20.42 -0.9 Abuja (NGR) 15 OCT 2003
2. 100 Metres 9.97 +0.6 Abuja (NGR) 12 OCT 2003
3. 100 Metres 10.37 +0.6 Algiers (ALG) 19 JUL 2007

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 100 Metres 10.08 +1.9 Monaco (MON) 13 SEP 2003

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 100 Metres 10.11 +0.2 Manchester (GBR) 27 JUL 2002
4. 100 Metres 10.22 +0.9 Melbourne (AUS) 20 MAR 2006
6. 200 Metres 20.66 +0.5 Melbourne (AUS) 23 MAR 2006

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 200 Metres 20.51 +0.1 Abuja (NGR) 11 FEB 2006
1. 100 Metres 10.13 Abuja (NGR) 09 JUL 2005
1. 200 Metres 20.79 Abuja (NGR) 19 JUL 2003
1. 200 Metres 21.07 -0.7 Lagos (NGR) 22 JUN 2002
1. 200 Metres 20.55 Lagos (NGR) 22 JUL 2001
Results in:

100 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
16 MAY 2009 Firenze Italian Club Ch. ITAITA F F 2. 10.63 +0.8
29 MAY 2009 Beograd Artur Takač Memorial SRBSRB D H1 6. 10.62 +1.5
12 JUN 2009 Lugano Gran Premio Casinò SUISUI E H3 1. 10.45 +1.1
12 JUN 2009 Lugano Gran Premio Casinò SUISUI E F1 3. 10.41 +1.3
25 JUN 2009 Sollentuna Folksam GP SWESWE D F 2. 10.50 +0.6

200 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
25 JUN 2009 Sollentuna Folksam GP SWESWE D F DQ 0.0


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Uchenna Emedolu (ehmehDOHloo), Nigeria (100m)

Born 17 September 1976, Adazi-Ani, Aniocha, Anambra State, South East  Nigeria.

Single; former football player

Attended Agulu Boys High School in Adazi-Ani

Unlike many of Nigeria’s top track and field stars, Uche Emedolu did not take part in any junior competitions, either in Nigeria or abroad. In fact, he was forced into athletics by circumstances beyond his control.

Emedolu’s first love was football—he was captain of his high school team—but like a lot of teenagers, he was a sporting jack of many trades—football, volleyball and some athletics. “I concentrated more on football where I was the school captain. I believed I was a better footballer than a track and field athlete,” he said.

But sport remained nothing but a pastime, even though Emedolu’s efforts were enthusiastically supported by his father. When his father’s died in 1993, however, his attitude toward sports changed.

“When my father died, everything became difficult for me,” says Emedolu. “It was then I thought of going into sports for what I can get from it in terms of material things. I was combining football with athletics until late 1997, when coach Tobias Igwe advised me to concentrate on athletics, insisting that is where I have a brighter future.”

Emedolu wasn’t convinced, however, and barely a year after receiving Igwe’s advice, he dropped track to concentrate entirely on football. He travelled to Malta for professional trials and stayed there 10 months, until he concluded that things were not working out and he came back home. Luckily, coach Igwe was still around to convince him his future lay in athletics.

“I decided to follow coach Igwe’s advice,” says Emedolu. “In anger, I sold my football boots so that I wouldn’t be seeing a sad reminder of a failed dream.”

It took Emodolu just a year in athletics to get the attention and fame he had craved in football. He participated in his first national championships in 2000 but failed to qualify for the Sydney Olympics. Providence smiled on him, however, when Nigerian athletics authorities gave him and a few others a final chance to contest for a place on the team at the training camp in Adelaide, Australia. Emedolu clocked 20.69 for 200m, inside the Olympic standard, and was named to the team. Unfortunately, he crashed out in the quarter-finals (20.93) after opening with a 20.87 run in his first-round heat.

Emedolu’s Olympic experience prepared him for 2001 when he went as far as the semi-finals of both the 100 (5th in 10.29) and the 200 (7th in 20.40) at the Edmonton World Championships.

It was in 2002, however, that he got full reward for his decision to switch to athletics.
He won a silver medal in the 100m (10.11) at the Manchester Commonwealth Games and ten days later collected another at the African Championships in Rades (10.00w). Then, in September he became the first African to win the 100m title at the IAAF World Cup, clocking a PB 10.06 in Madrid’s Estadio Communidad.

In 2003 he improved his World Championship placing, reaching the Paris 100m final and finishing 8th in 10.22. He then won bronze at 100m at the IAAF World Athletics final in Monaco (10.08) and capped his season with a pair of medals—gold (200m in 20.42) and silver (100m in PB 9.97 behind teammate Deji Aliu)—at the 8th All Africa Games in Abuja.

This season, Emedolu began strongly with a 10.05 / 20.39 double in Rethimno, Greece, in June, but was slowed by injury shortly thereafter. Following four weeks on the sidelnes, he returned to the track in late July with a 10.26 and resumed preparations for Athens.

Prepared by Dare Esan for the IAAF "Focus on Africans" project. Copyright IAAF 2004.

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