By Ben Efe
Athletics Federation of Nigeria president, Solomon Ogba said yesterday that the members of the federation have been encouraged by the result posted by Nigerian athletes at last weekend’s Mt. Sac relays in California, USA and they are looking forward to a better outing at the World relays championships, May 24-25 in Nassau, Bahamas.
The Nigerian women B team featuring Ada Benjamin, Rita Osai, Tameka Jameson and Josephine Ehigie gave AFN top shots a reason to believe when they ran 3.28.78 to win the women 4x400m top prize. That result put the quartet third on the IAAF top ten world list for the season.
In men’s race Salihu Isah, Joseph Urukpe, Nicholas Imhoapermhe, Noah Akwu and Abiola Onokoya secured a third place finish with a time of 3.06.44.
In the 4x100m, Chukwudike Harry, Noah Akwu, Nicholas Imhoapermhe and Obinna Metu also clinched a third place with 40.22 seconds, while in the women Peace Uko, Gloria Asumn, Dumigues Duncan, Francesca Okwara, managed a fifth position with 43.97 5th in the race won by Oregon A team with 43.31.
In the men’s shot put, Stephen Mozia squeezed in only two throws after three failed attempts. His second throw of 19.62 was good enough for second spot and his season’s best.
“It was a good outing and the result is very assuring. The women 4x400m B team had their personal best, the men 4x400m showed that they can still compete again and also our shot putter Stanley Mozia performed creditably,” said the AFN boss.
He added that the team will be heading to the Penn Relays where they will be competing with top nations like the USA, Jamaica, Bahamas, China and others in what has been described as a dress rehearsal for the World Relays.