Nigeria’s 4x400m women’s team retained their Silver medal from four years ago while competing in the final of the event on Saturday morning at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Patience Okon-George who won Silver with the Glasgow team, gave it her all as the most experienced member of the Gold Coast quartet, and established the lead for Nigeria to hand over the baton to Glory Nathaniel, with Praise Idamadudu and Yinka Ajayi completing the job and bringing home the baton in 3:25.29 in 2nd place, as Jamaica retained the title with a time of 3:24.00.

The medal will definitely provide some sort of consolation for Okon-George who was disqualified in the 400m, and Ajayi and Nathaniel who finished outside the medal zone in their respective events.

Newly crowned 400m champion Amantle Montsho had a lot of catching up to after collecting the baton in 5th position to anchor the Botswana team to Bronze ahead of England, setting a National Record (NR) of 3:26.86 in the process.

However, a brilliant anchor leg by men’s 400m Commonwealth Games Champion Isaac Makwala gifted Botswana with the GOLD medal in a Season’s Best (SB) of 3:01.78, as the Bahamas and Jamaica settled for Silver and Bronze respectively with SBs of 3:01.92 and 3:01.97.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. She has a bias for athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the National Sports Festival and the African Athletics Championships, and has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN). Yemi holds a BA in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University .

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