Nigeria’s 4x400m women’s team got the home crowd in cloud nine when they struck GOLD in the final of the event at the 2018 African Championships, which came to a climax today at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.
Patience Okon-George who narrowly missed out on a medal in the women’s 400m final, ran a decent first leg before handing the baton to Abike Egbeniyi who took the 2nd leg for Nigeria.
Egbeniyi, who is typically an 800m runner, ran a good first 200m but began to lose control of the race heading into the home straight, thereby relinquishing Nigeria’s lead to the Kenyans. However, 2014 African Championships GOLD medallist in the 400m, Folashade Abugan gained a lot of ground on the third leg, giving Nigeria back the lead.
By the time Yinka Ajayi collected the baton, Team Nigeria were already home and dry. The 2018 African Championships 400m Bronze medallist anchored the team to victory, clocking a time of 3:31.17.
The Kenyans placed 2nd in the race in a time of 3:35.45, while Zambia settled for 3rd in 3:38.18.