Nigeria’s 4×100 meters women’s relay team has set a new African record at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, the United States of America.
Running in lane 8, the quartet of Joy Udo-Gabriel, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha clocked 42.22 seconds as they finished 4th in the final to break the 30-year-old African record.
Despite their record-breaking effort, they missed out on the podium as they were beaten to bronze by Germany with the Germans parading Tatjana Pinto, Alexandra Burghardt, Gina Iückenkemper and Rebekka Haase clocking a season’s best of 42.03 seconds.
The previous African record of 42.39 seconds was also set by Nigeria in the heats of the women’s 4×100 meters at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics. The team made up of Beatrice Utondu, Faith Idehen, Christy Opara-Thompson, and Mary Onyali would go on to win a bronze medal in the final.
Nigeria is yet to win a medal in the women’s 4×100 meters at the world championships with fourth place being the country’s best placement in the event to date.
The team made up of Beatrice Utondu, Rufina Ubah, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi, and Christy Opara-Thompson placed fourth at the 1991 edition in Tokyo, Japan while Endurance Ojokolo, Mercy Nku, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi and Chioma Ajunwa also matched the placement at the 2001 edition in Edmonton, Canada.