3 Nigerian Athletes To Look Out For At The 2017 World Relays
The 2017 athletics world relays begin on Saturday in the Bahamas, and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria has announced those that will represent the country.
Unfortunately, no male athlete is named among the 13 that will fly Nigeria’s colours.
Bounce News takes a look at three Nigerian athletes that could set the tracks on fire.
1. Blessing Okagbare
After winning gold at the 4x200m relay in Nassau 2015, Okagbare will compete at the 4×100 metres in Bahamas by 1am Nigerian time on Sunday. She will also feature in the 4x200m race.
She is an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump, and a world medalist in the 200 metres. She also holds the Women's 100 metres Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds. Her 100m best of 10.79 made her the African record holder for the event until it was eclipsed by Murielle Ahoure in 2016.
Okagbare was the African 100m and long jump champion in 2010. She has also won medals at the All-Africa Games and IAAF Continental Cup.
2. Patience Okon-George
The Nigerian sprinter won bronze in 4×400m event at the 2014 World Relays in Nassau.
For the 2017 edition, Okon-George and Praise Idamadudu are to join Okagbare, Duncan, Madu and Ntia-Obong for the 4x200m.
Okon-George will also compete in the 4x400m alongside Folashade Abugan, Jennifer Edobi, Margaret Bamgbose, Omolara Omotosho and Ugonna Ndu.
Among her numerous achievements, Okon-George is also a two-time African Championships bronze medalist in the individual 400 metres event.
3. Folashade Abugan
Thought the 26-year-old has not won a medal at the World Relays, Abugan has made her mark on the continent of Africa.
At the African Championships, she has won four gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
She is also a silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and 2014 both in the 4x400m relay.She will be competing alongside Jennifer Edobi, Margaret Bamgbose, Omolara Omotosho and Ugonna Ndu and Okon-George in the 4x400m at the Bahamas.