By Ben Efe
Nigeria women 4x400m squad have staked a claim for a medal at up coming World Relays Championships next month in Nassau, Bahamas when they ran 3.27.16 seconds to place second behind the United States at last weekend’s Penn Relays in Philadelphia, USA.
The team featuring Folashade Abugan, Omolara Omotosho, Bukola Abogunloko and Regina George made an improvement on the 3.28.78, they did at the Mt Sac relays in California. With their latest timing, the Nigeria women can push for a medal at the World relays, they also look good to give the British and the Jamaican teams a run for their money at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. They are most likely to retain the title they won in Porto Novo 2012, at the 2014 African championships in Morocco.
At the Penn Relays, the USA team was propped by Dee Dee Trotter and Jessica Beard who did 50.78 seconds and 50.46seconds respectively in their laps. The US team did 3.25.62. George was Nigeria’s strongest leg, she did 50.49 in her lap. The Jamaican team anchored by Shericka Williams was third with 3.27.32.
The Nigerian men 4x400m were placed fifth in their race which was timed at 3.05. 05. Anchor man Ameachi Morton posted 45.50 in his lap, while Isah Salihu, Orukpe Erayokan and Noah Akwu did 46.29 respectively. The Bahamas, sensationally beat the United States to the second spot in the race, the hosts of the maiden world relays won at 3.00.78seconds, while the USA finished at 3.03.01 and Brazil was third with 3.03.32.
In the men’s 4×100 the arrival of Ogho-Oghene Egwero in the USA failed to lift the team from the bottom of the log. They finished sixth in Philadelphia with 38.89 seconds, it was an improvement on their timing 40.22 seconds at the Mt Sac relays.
The USA featuring Justin Galtin and Walter Dix won the race with 38.57, Jamaica, world record holders in the event running without Usain Bolt, clocked 38. 58. Brazil was third with 38.94. China placed forth with 39.12, while Qatar with three Nigeria born athletes, Tosin Ogunode, Samuel Francis and Femi Ogunde out ran Egwero, Nicholas Imhoaperemhe, Elvis Ukake and Obinna Metu.