Nigeria’s women relay teams made appreciable impact at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, USA at the weekend with Regina George being the star performer.
George gave Nigerian officials a reason to believe that the country could win a medal at the World Championships this August in Russia when she ran 49.55 seconds in her lap, during the women 4x400m in the event. It was the fastest time of the competition attended by top world athletics countries.
However, her effort was not able to power the Nigerian women featuring Ajoke Odumosu, Idara Otu and Bukola Abogunloko to the top spot won by USA. The team placed fifth with a time of 3.28. 65 seconds. USA red won the race with 3.22.66, while Great Britain placed second with 3.22.68. USA blue was third with 3.26.26.
The women 4x100m also retain a spot in the final they placed fourth with a time of 43.52 seconds Blessing Okagbare, Endurance Abinuwa, Gloria Asumnu and Olivia Kazie put up a spirited effort but it was always going to be the USA and Jamaica dominating. Jamaica won the race with 42.42 seconds USA red 42. 65 and USA blue was third with 42.66.
“I’m impressed with the performance of our athletes, considering the time of the year. They did well and I commend them,”said Solomon Ogba, President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria.