Africa’s fastest woman, Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria has praised the effort of her teammates for Team Nigeria’s success at the IAAF/BTC World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas.
Team Nigeria, led by Okagbare won the women’s 4x200m gold on first day of championships.
USA, who were favourites to clinch the gold before the race commenced appeared to be on course to successfully defend their title from 2014 with Shalonda Solomon, Kimberlyn Duncan and Jeneba Tarmoh edging the Americans to a comfortable lead up to the last leg.
Unfortunately for the Americans, a mix-up in the final baton exchange between Tarmoh and Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix gave Team Nigeria, who were in second place a clear chance to finish as winners.
The Nigerian quartet of Blessing Okagbare, Regina George, Dominique Duncan and Christy Udoh however broke the national and African records set earlier this year by two second to take the gold medal in 1:30.52secs.
The Bahamas crossed the line in 1:30.66, but they were soon disqualified for completing their second changeover outside of the zone.
Jamaica then moved up to the second position on the podium in 1:31.73 with Germany moving up to third in 1:33.61 while China set an Asian record of 1:34.89 in the fourth position.
Regrettably, it was not the same feat for Team Nigeria’s 4x400m men (3:06.92secs) and women (3:32.16secs), as they managed the 7 and 4 positions respective.
-Additional information from Sportsday.