By Ben Efe
Nigerian women quartet lived up to expectations as they picked up a bronze in the keenly contested final of the women 4x400m at the maiden IAAf World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas.
The team featuring Folashade Abugan, Omolara Omotosho, Patience Okon, Regina George before the championships were tipped to win a medal by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria technical director, Omatseye Nesiama and last weekend they did not disappoint as they cruised to the third position, to spare the country the agony of returning home empty handed from the Caribbean island.
“We had absolute confidence on the girls and they did not disappoint. We are very happy with the result and we are looking forward to a better outing at the Commonwealth Games and the African championships,” said Navy Commodore Nesiama.
The race was won by the USA with a time of 3.21.73 seconds, Jamaica finished as runners up with 3.23.26, and Nigeria anchored by George finished third with a time of 3.23.41. It was an improvement on their previous outing in warm up meets in the USA.
In the women 4×100, the team wasn’t up to it in the strong field. They placed fourth in the race won by the USA with a time of 41.88 seconds, Jamaica running without ‘Pocket Rocket’ Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce placed second with 42.28, and Trinidad and Tobago returned 42. 66 narrowly edging Nigeria to fourth place with their 42.67 seconds run. It was also their season’s best.
“We are satisfied with our outing in the world relays. What remains is for us to make improvements,” added Commodore Nesiama.