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Nigeria’s Mixed 4x400m Team Breaks African Record At The World Relays In The Bahamas

A total of 70 teams have qualified for relay events at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games following two days of thrilling action at the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 (4-5 May)

Fourteen teams in each of the five disciplines being contested in Nassau – the women’s and men’s 4x100m and 4x400m plus the mixed 4x400m – automatically qualified for Paris places. The first 40 qualified teams were confirmed on Saturday and the final 30 on Sunday, following a second Olympic qualifying round for teams that missed out on day one.

Teams that qualified on Saturday also secured their spots for the respective World Relays finals on Sunday, when they raced for prize money and Olympic lane seeding positions.

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.

Teams qualified for Paris at WRE Bahamas 24

Women’s 4x100mAustralia, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, France, Germany, Great Britain & NI, Italy, Jamaica, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United States

Men’s 4x100mAustralia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain & NI, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, United States

Women’s 4x400mBelgium, Canada, France, Great Britain & NI, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, United States

Men’s 4x400mBelgium, Botswana, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain & NI, India, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, United States

Mixed 4x400mBahamas, Belgium, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain & NI, Ireland, Jamaica, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States

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