Team Nigeria Qualify For Olympic Games In Two Relays Events

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Team Nigeria has booked places at the Paris Olympics in the 4 x 400m men’s and the mixed 4 x 400m relay events respectively. The two relay teams secured automatic qualification spots early Sunday morning at the World Relays in the Bahamas. Finishing second in their heat with a time of 3:13.79, the quartet of Samuel Ogazi, Ella Onojuvwevwo, Chidi Okezie, and Esther Elo Joseph ensured Nigeria’s presence on the Olympic stage again for the Mixed Relay. The team finished behind the USA, who set a Championship Record of 3:11.52.

In the men’s 4 x 400m event, team Nigeria finished in the second automatic qualification spot with a season’s best 3:01.70 in Heat 2 behind Belgium (3:00.09).

While the mixed relay team and 4 x 400m men celebrated success, the story was different for Nigeria’s other relay teams. They fell short of automatic Olympic qualification in both the men’s and women’s 4 x 100m and the women’s 4 x 400m events. In the women’s 4 x 100m, the Nigerian quartet of Justina Eyakpobeyan, Favour Ofili, Olayinka Olajide, and Tima Godbless narrowly missed out on an automatic ticket, finishing third in their heat with a time of 43.15s. The USA dominated the race with a time of 42.21s, while France’s Mallory Leconte edged out Godbless for second place in 43.09s.

The men’s 4 x 100m team, consisting of Udodi Onwuzuruike, Consider Ekanem, Alaba Akintola, and Seye Ogunlewe, finished fourth in their heat with a time of 38.47s. Unfortunately, due to visa issues and last-minute injuries, Team Nigeria was unable to compete in heat 4 of the women’s 4 x 400m.

At the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24, the top 14 teams in each relay event automatically qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Teams have two chances to secure their spot: one on the first day and another on the second day of the competition. The remaining two slots in each relay discipline will be awarded based on the top rankings during the qualification period (31 December 2022 to 30 June 2024).

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