Paris 2024: Team Nigeria Qualify For Four Relay Events

Team Nigeria Qualified for the four events they participated in the World Relay Championship in Bahamas.

Nigeria qualified for all five events but failed to show up in the Women's 4×400m due to Injury and Visas issues. 

The World Athletics Relays for the first time since inception, served as Olympic qualifiers for all five official relays at the Olympic Games, which will this year be staged in the city of Paris.

There were each four heats in all events at the World Relays and the fastest two in each heat secured automatic qualification for Paris.

Nigeria presented four relay teams, and all four teams qualified for the Games, making it the first time in since 2004 that the country would have four relay teams at the quadrennial event.

The quartet of Samuel Ogazi, Ella Onojuvwevwo, Chidi Okezie, and Esther Elo Joseph competed in the second heat, which included reigning World Champions – USA, Bahrain, and South Africa.

They finished 2nd in a time of 3:13.79 behind USA, and would go on to place 4th in the final in an African Record of 3:12.87.

In quick succession, the men’s 4x400m quartet of Dubem Nwachukwu, Dubem Amene, Sikiru Adeyemi and Chidi Okezie put up an absolutely stellar performance, clocking a time of 3:01.70, the team’s fastest time in 20 years, to secure qualification for the Olympics. 

Evelyn Edefe

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