NIGERIA STARS AT THE U20 WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP IN KENYA WITH GOLD.
Written by Sarah Osanyinlusi on August 19, 2021
Team Nigeria have clinched the gold medal in 4x400m mixed relay in a new Championship record time of 3:19.70 at the ongoing Under20 World Athletics Championship in Nairobi, Kenya. Making history in the process as the first winners of the event which is making its first appearance at the championship.
The quartet of Imaobong Nse Uko, Opeyemi Oke, Johnson Nnamani, and Bamidele Ajayi also made history as the first winners of the event at the World U20 Championship, beating Poland (3:19.80) and India (3:20.60).
Team Nigeria made one change to the quartet that ran the former championship record of 3:21.66 in the semifinal by bringing in Nse Uko, the fastest girl in the quarter-mile coming to the championship and the 17-year-old didn’t disappoint as she handed over the baton to the third leg runner, Oke in first position.
Nse Uko has also qualified for the individual 400m final scheduled for Saturday 21st of August and stands as the favourite to restore Nigeria as World U20 champions.
Meanwhile, the duo of Godson Oghenebrume and Praise Ofokwu qualified for the 100m men and women’s final scheduled for Tuesday. Oghenebrume and Ofokwu won both of their semifinal heat in which they ran 10.22 and 11.57 respectively.
In the men’s javelin throw, Team Nigeria’s Chinecherem Nnamdi threw a massive new personal best and Nigeria U20 record of 78.03 to qualify for the final. The 19-year-old African is one of the favourites for the gold medal. Nigeria has not won a medal in this event at the World U20 Championship and Chinecherem could make history when the final is held on Friday.