IAAF World Championships: Nigerian-Bahraini Celebrates Silver Medal
Nigeria’s loss is gain for Bahrain at the ongoing World Championships in London.
Ebelechukwu Agbapuonwu now known as Salwa Eid Naser stunned the world to win the silver medal in a dramatic women’s 400m final on Wednesday.
She pipped multiple Olympic and World Champion Allyson Felix on the finish line to finish second behind another American, Phyllis Francis and the 19-year old is understandably estatic.
Speaking afterwards, the athlete who originally hails from Anambra State, said: “I think I surprised my opponents and I even surprised myself. Coming to these championships, I really did not think about a medal.
“After all the hard training I have been through, I just hoped to do something big. I was not really nervous before the race, just the same anybody is before the start.”
When asked about how she felt beating Felix who is America’s most decorated female athlete in Track and Field at the Olympics, Eid Naser said:
“I was not chasing Felix, I was pushing myself till the very end and I did not even see what was going on in the last metres. Felix is my role model, I am following her on Instagram.
“I just want to thank my team and my family: ‘I love you mama, I did it for you.’ In the future I will also focus on the 200m, but it’s 400m for now.”
Bahrain has a couple of Nigerian athletes that has switched allegiance to compete for the oil rich country.
If not for the IAAF’s move to suspend athletes changing nationalities, more Nigerians would have jumped into the opportunity of competing for other countries without a second thought.