World Athletics Championships: Team Nigeria Grabs Men’s 4x100m Ticket
By Lekan Sowande, Abuja.
Team Nigeria’s 4x100m relay men’s team are through to the World Athletics Championships in Oregon next month after running an impressive 38.34 seconds, their Season’s Best (SB) at the Nigerian Athletics Championships holding in Benin City, Edo State.
The quartet of Favour Ashe, Godson Brume, Alaba Akintola and reigning World U20 champion, Udodi Onwuzurike have now moved one step up from 17th to 16th, the final qualifying position for the relays.
With the new timing, Nigeria has moved above South Africa, who were occupying that position before the race in Benin with the 38.51 seconds its U20 team ran at the World U20 Athletics Championships in Nairobi, Kenya in August last year.
Nigeria will be hoping the team is not overtaken before the close of the qualification window on Sunday, June 26, 2022.
Team Nigeria will also be hoping to return to the podium at the World Athletics Championships 25 years after the quartet of Osmond Ezinwa, Olapade Adeniken, Francis Obikwelu and Davidson Ezinwa ran 37.94s in the semifinals.
The quartet stormed to a Silver medal finish in a time of 38.04s, behind the Donovan Bailey inspired Canada who ran a world leading 37.86 to win the gold medal at the time.