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July 30, 2021

Olympics: Nigeria finishes last in 4 x 400 mixed relay heat

Olympics: Nigeria finishes last in 4 x 400 mixed relay heat

By Emmanuel Okogba

The strategy deployed by Nigeria’s quartet of Ifeanyi Emmanuel Ojeli, Imaobong Nse Uko, Samson Oghenewegba Nathaniel and Patience Okon George in the semi-final first heat of the 4×400 mixed relay backfired as the team finished last.

The mixed relay is a combination of two male and two female athletes who cover a distance of 400 metres each before handing the baton to the next runner.

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While other teams deployed male-female-female-male, Nigeria used male-female-male-female.

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Nigeria’s Imaobong Nse Uko in Lane 8 during the 4×400 mixed relay/ PHOTO CREDIT: Tokyo Olympics

A good first leg by Ojeli was followed by Uko finishing 3rd, Nathaniel took over the baton and opened up a gap of over 100 metres against female runners. The move backfired as George had to contend with male runners in the anchor leg and finished last.

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Nigeria’s Imaobong Nse Uko handing over the baton to Samson Oghenewegba Nathaniel after completing her lap / PHOTO CREDIT: Tokyo Olympics

The United States of America and the Dominican Republic who finished first and second were disqualified but Nigeria’s finishing position was not good enough to earn a qualification for the final set for tomorrow.

The event is making its debut at the Olympics.

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