UNITED KINGDOM: Tobi Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, and Grace Nwokocha, Nigeria’s sprint sensation, have set yet another world record by winning the first of its kind in the women’s 4X100 race to clinch a gold medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
The feat was accomplished with a record-breaking run of 42.10 seconds, breaking the African record of 42.22 seconds set during the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.
Amusan, the 100m hurdles champion, started the historic run before handing it over to Ofili, who sustained the move until it was finally handed over to Nwokocha, who ensured Nigeria finished first.
Meanwhile, team Nigeria made another historic achievement when Ese Brume won the women’s Long Jump final.
Brume has a total jump of 7.00 metres, beating out her closest rivals, Brooke Busckuehl of Australia with 6.95 metres and Deborah Acquah of Ghana with 6.94 metres for second and third place. At the same time, Nigeria’s Ruth Usoro took sixth place with a jump of 6.56 metres.
The men’s Nigeria team took bronze, led by Udodi Onwuzurike, Favour Ashe, Alaba Akintola, and Raymond Ekevwo. The first medal for the men’s 4X100m relay team came in 1982.
Team Nigeria medal tally
Currently, team Nigeria has 12 gold medals, nine silver medals, and 14 bronze medals, for a total of 35 medals, placing Nigeria sixth in the medal table and first among African countries.
Australia led the way with 66 golds, 55 silvers, and 53 bronze medals, while England came in second with 55 golds, 59 silvers, and 52 bronze medals.
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