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Chukwudi "Chidi" Imoh - former sprinter, Olympic silver medalist

Updated: Dec 28, 2019

He is a native of Arochukwu and was born 27 August 1965. He is a former sprinter who won an Olympic silver medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1992 Summer Olympics for Nigeria. In 1986 he posted the world leading time for that year in the 100 metres.

Between 1984 and 1985, not only did Imoh reign as the fastest man in Nigeria, he was the African champion. His 10.00 seconds was the world’s best in 1986 and the following year, he won the All Africa Games gold in 1987. He took the world by storm when he finished in 9.92 seconds and that remained his personal best. The time was however adjudged “wind assisted” and thus not entered as the world record then.

At the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow, Chidi Imoh won the silver medal, trailing behind Ben Johnson and finishing ahead of Carl Lewis. He capped his career with a silver medal in the 4x100 event of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 with Davidson Ezinwa, Kayode Oluyemi and Olapade Adeniken as other members of the quartet.

Imoh is also a former runner for the University of Missouri in Columbia. He holds the records there in the 200 m outdoor with a time of 19.9, the 100 m outdoor with a time of 10.00, and in the 55 m indoor with a time of 6.10.

Imoh is enjoying his retirement in the United States, where he spends time coaching young Nigerian-American athletes.

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