Obinna Metu raised the expectations of Athletics Federation of Nigeria officials, after he did 10.11 seconds at the All Nigeria/ Cross River Championships. But here at the African Championships, which ended yesterday, Metu offered no joy.
After falling short of a good performance in the men's 100m, which he was tipped to win, Metu refused to run in the 200m. More vexing to officials was when Metu failed to realize that he was to run in the 100m final where he finished a dismal 6th with 10.44 seconds, on the second day of the championships.
"Metu did not know he was to run the 100m. He was just walking around till he was asked by his opponent why he was not warming up. This was 20 minutes to the start of the race," said AFN medical committee chairman Ken Anugwueje.
Dr. Anugwueje, lamented that the athlete's attitude was very poor hence his seeming reluctance to perform at the big stage.
In 2009 during the world championships in Berlin, Germany Metu also refused to run. He told officials that he had fever, but it was a general conclusion that it was because he was drawn in the same lane with Usain Bolt.