Team Nigeria’s women’s 4x100m quartet bounced back into reckoning in the final of the event on Day 3 of competition at the 22nd African Senior Championships in Mauritius, storming to GOLD to claim the country’s 11th title in the women’s 4x100m in the history of the championships.

A day before, the quartet of Joy Abu, Praise Ofoku, Balikis Yakubu and Tobi Amusan had recorded the slowest time in the heats, barely qualifying for the final as they finished 4th in the race with a time of 46.30s.

The quartet of Tobi Amusan, Praise Ofoku, Tima Godbless and Praise Idamadudu could scarcely believe their good fortune.

In Friday’s final however, Tima Godbless, Ofoku, Praise Idamadudu and Amusan proved too strong for their rivals and got the job done, coasting to GOLD in 44.45s to finish ahead of South Africa (44.87s) and Gambia (44.97s).

Nigeria is the defending champion in the event as Joy Udo-Gabriel, Blessing Okagbare, Amusan and Rosemary Chukwuma claimed GOLD in Asaba in 2018. Nigeria has also won both the men and women’s 4x100m more than any other country at the biennial championship. The men’s team have 10 titles to their name, just one short of their female counterparts.

Tobi Amusan anchored the team to victory, winning her second GOLD of the championship.

 

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor 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 African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.

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