Technical Director of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Nay Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, has commended the gold medal- winning exploit of the country’s representatives in the 4x200m event at the just concluded IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.
The Nigerian quartet of Blessing Okagbare, Regina George, Dominique Duncan and Christy Udoh confounded all the dire predictions of underachievement by beating favourites the United States, Jamaica and hosts Bahamas to the ultimate gong in the 4x200m final.
“I am very delighted about the performance of our women winning the 4x200m relay in a world leading time of 1:30.52 sec ahead of all the leading nations – USA, Jamaica, Bahamas, Germany, France, China and Ireland.
“I had said it before now that we can rely on these women to showcase our prowess in the relays and interthey have not disappointed me,” said Nesiama.
Africa’s fastest, Okagbare, led the Nigerian team off the block before passing the baton to George, who then handed over to Duncan and Udoh did the home straight.
However, not a few thought Nigeria profited from the disaster that plagued the U.S team, who had a horrible baton exchange approaching the last lap.