The biggest event of the day is the men’s 4X100m and 4x400m but it was the mixed 4x400m that stole the headline at the inaugural Paga/MoC Relays which was held at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos on Sunday, June 27th.
The event is the last opportunity for Nigeria’s men 4X100m and 4x100m to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after failing to meet the qualification time at World Relays in Poland, National Olympics Trials in Yabatech and at the Lagos State Open Athletics Championships.
In the men’s 4x100m, Nigeria, represented by the quartet of Godson Brume, Usheoritse Itsekiri, Jerry Jakpa and Enoch Adegoke in Team A did well to win their final race in a Season’s Best (SB) of 38.53s, but missed Olympic qualification as they would have needed to run faster than 38.46s to displace at least Trinidad & Tobago that is currently placed 16th on the World Athletics (WA) rankings.
In the men’s 4x400m, it was Team Senegal, who ran their fastest time in 25 years in a season best of 3:04.82, team Nigeria came second in a time of 3:07.85.
While hope was lost for Nigeria’s men 4X100m and 4x100m at the Sports Complex of Yaba College of Technology, it was the Nigeria’s mixed 4x400m that brought smiles to the over one thousand spectators at the venue.
Imaobong Nse Uko, Nathaniel Samson, Patience Okon-George and Chidi Okezie, who competed for the mixed 4x400m Team A ran a strong race to set a new National record of 3:14.09. to break the previous marker of 3:18.53 set by Delta State at the National Sports Festival secured their qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics .
The new National record 3:14.09 also doubles as the as the African Record (AR) and is the second fastest time in the world this season.