Usain Bolt laboured to victory in the 200m at the New York Diamond League meeting. The Jamaican world record holder clocked 20.29 seconds, edging out 19-year-old Zharnel Hughes of Anguilla. “I wasn’t too happy with the time today,” said Bolt. “But training has been going well and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.” Six-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt has yet to break 20 seconds for 200m this year, while American rival Justin Gatlin clocked a world-leading 19.68 at the Eugene Diamond League meet last month. Gatlin’s 9.74 in Doha is also the fastest 100m time of the year. The pair are yet to meet on the track this season, although with the World Championships in Beijing just over two months away, Bolt has played down concerns over his fitness and laughed off suggestions he is running scared of the American. The 28-year-old, who set the current 200m world record of 19.19 at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, has said he will retire after the 2017 World Championships in London.
Nigerian defender David Faramola Oniya died on Saturday after collapsing on the pitch during a friendly between his Malaysian club T-Team and Kelantan. Local media said the T-Team captain, who was 30, collapsed three minutes into the match in Kota Bharu and was taken to hospital. The match was abandoned after 60 minutes when a message was received from the hospital that Oniya had died. Oniya had only just joined the Malaysian club this season.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday defeated Chad 2 – 0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier played in Kaduna. The two goals were scored in the second half with Gbolahan Salami scoring the first goal while Odion Ighalo netted the second from the penalty spot after being brought down by a Chadian defender. Ogenyi Onazi saw red when he confronted the Chadian defender.
Nigeria’s Line up: Vincent Enyeama, Kenneth Omeruo, Kingsley Madu, Willian Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Michael Babatunde, Ogenyi Onazi, Anderson Esiti, Ahmed Musa, Gbolahan Salami and Aaron Samuel. Subs: Rabiu Ibrahim, Odion Ighalo and John Ogu.