Nigeria’s quest to win medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics came alive yesterday as Blessing Okagbare led team Nigeria into the finals of the women’s 4x100m relay after posting a 42.55sec finish.
The Nigeria’s Okagbare, Gloria Asumu, Jennifer Madu and Agnes Osazuwa, came second in heat two behind Germany who clocked 42.18sec.
Meanwhile, the United States women’s 4×100 relay team, who ran in the same heat as the Nigerians, dramatically crashed out of the Olympics.
The defending Olympic champions tumbled out in their opening heat after a bungled second baton changeover between Allyson Felix and English Gardner.
Replays of the exchange were inconclusive, although Felix appeared to stumble and grimace before she reached Gardner to hand over the baton.
Also, Jamaica stormed to victory in 41.79secs in the other semi-final.
The Jamaican women including heavyweight veterans Veronica Campbell, Brown and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were pushed all the way by Britain, who finished in 41.93sec.
Jamaica’s newly crowned 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson sat out the heat but will return for the final.
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