The Nigerian mixed 4x400m team of Emmanuel Ojeli, Patience Okon-George, Sikiru Adeyemi and Omolara Ogunmakinju stormed to GOLD at the ongoing African Games in Accra, Ghana.

Ojeli led off and set the team up for a brilliant race, handing over the baton marginally in 2nd place behind Botswana to veteran Patience Okon-George who then went into the lead just 30 metres into her race and maintained for the team, managing to hold off Botswana.

However, Botswana had Bayapo Ndori on 3rd leg and being a consistent 44 seconds athlete, he wasted no time regaining the lead and putting a gap of over 20 metres between himself and Sikiru Adeyemi.

Nigeria’s best chance looked like a Silver after the final pass but Omolara Ogunmakinju put on a show, running an absolutely stunning anchor to bring the nation home with GOLD in a time of 3:13.26!

She made up a 20-metre deficit and swung past the Botswana anchor with just 30 metres to go. The Southern Africa nation had no response and had to settle for Silver in a National Record of 3:13.99.

Nigeria with that performance, broke the African Record set by the Nigerian team that competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Athletics is a special shade of life for me, and my confidence has received a boost since I started out covering the sport from the stands of my home, and now as a Junior Sportswriter with Making of Champions - an opportunity to get better at what I do.


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