Nigeria relay teams fumble in Doha
After the country’s sole representative in the men shot put event, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi made it to the final amidst tough opponents on Thursday, many Nigerians hoping to see another glorious outing by the relay teams yesterday.
The female team made up of Udo Gabriel Joy, Blessing Okagbare, Ntia Obong Mercy and Rosemary Chukwu put up a disappointing show in the women’s 4x100m relay, finishing 7th despite running a Season Best time of 13.05seconds.
Attention then shifted to the male team, which includes Enoch Adegoke, Ogho-Oghene Egwero, and Seye Ogunlewe. It turned out to be a double tragedy. Apart from struggling to finish last in the race, the team was disqualified after one of the athletes stepped committed a technical foul in the process of baton exchange.
Since the commencement of the championship on September 27, Nigerian athletes have crashed one after the other. The likes of Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru, Patience Okon George, Favour Ofili, Oyesade Olatoye and Chioma Onyekwere had performed below the expectation of Nigerians in Doha.
Focus will be on the duo of Ese Brume and Tobi Amusan today, as they begin their campaign in the women’s long jump and 100m hurdles respectively.
Amusan, who is one of the star athletes in the 100m hurdles, will run in lane 9, Heat 5 alongside athletes from Australia, Finland, Jamaica, The Netherland, South Africa, Poland, and France.
On her part, Brume, who made a big headline earlier this year with a throw of 7.05 meters will campaign in Group A against athletes from France, Italy, Cyprus, USA, Hungary, Australia, France, Cuba, Jamaica, and Great Britain.
Team U.S. currently tops the medals table with nine gold, China (three gold), Jamaica (two gold), Great Britain (two gold) and Kenya with two gold medals.
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