At the World Relays held in the Bahamas from 4th to 5th May, 2024, the Team Nigeria Mixed 4x400m ran the fastest time ever by an African nation, clocking a National Record (NR) of 3:12.87 and breaking their own African Record in the process.

The previous record stood at 3:13.26, set by Emmanuel Ojeli, Patience Okon-George, Sikiru Adeyemi and Omolara Ogunmakinju at the African Games in Accra, Ghana.

With a totally different quartet, this time featuring Samuel Ogazi, Ella Onojuvwevwo, Chidi Okezie and Esther Elo Joseph, they finished 4th in the final of the event at the World Relays, showing the quality and current depth of Nigerian sprinting.

The team had already qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics the previous day, and that performance further solidified Nigeria’s stance championing the event as they now have the best four times ever posted by an African nation.

The final was won by USA in a Championship Record (CR) of 3:10.73 ahead of the Netherlands who clocked 3:11.45 in 2nd. Ireland finished 3rd in 3:11.53, courtesy of a 48.45s split by Rhasidat Adeleke.

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