Find out how NGR’s 4x100m men ‘miraculously’ qualified for Doha
About a week ago the Athletics Federation of Nigeria broke the news that Team Nigeria’s 4x100m Relay Team had been included into the sprint relay pool for the 2019 World Athletics Championships which will commence in 2 days.
This came as a shock to athletics buffs as we were all left to wonder how the team made the list. If we had won the race at the African Games it would have been certain but no one knew.
On the 16th of September, the period to hit standards closed and we waited anxiously to find out how we made the list.
Lo and behold, two teams pulled out of the round of 16. Trinidad and Tobago as well as Barbados. Which pushed Nigeria to 15th while host country, Qatar was given a slot in 16th.
Speaking with Athletics Statistician, Coach Lekan Soetan, he stated a few reasons why those teams withdrew.
“There are many reasons why Trinidad and Barbados withdrew from the relay. It could be that they noticed their chances of even making finals is slim so instead of spending money carrying their relay squad they would rather pull out. Another reason could be one or two of their key athletes are injured, so they won’t want to risk taking the team. So I am not sure what the exact reason is but the good thing is that we are in and looking at the number of fast athletes we have on the team. I am sure we will do well.” Coach Soetan said excitedly.
The AFN on Friday, September 20th released an official list of athletes that will represent Nigeria at the World Championships in Athletics and in the 4x100m, 7 men were listed namely; Divine Oduduru, Seye Ogunlewe, Enoch Adegoke, Arowolo Emmanuel, Egwero Ogho-Oghene, Itsekiri Usheoritse and Raymond Ekevwo.
The last time Nigeria qualified for men’s 4x100m was in 2007 when: Obinna Metu (10.32), Chukwu Isaac, Chinedu Oriala (10.33) & Olusoji Fasuba (10.16) ran in the final.
This year we have stronger legs in terms of Season’s and Personal Best which includes Oduduru (9.86) Raymond (9.96) Itsekiri (10.02) Ogunlewe (10.11) and Enoch (10.12). We do hope if they can pass the baton round swift and successfully through the heat they should be in the finals and as they say, anything can happen in the final.
Other athletes in the team include
Edose Ibadin (800m)
Rilwan Alowonle (400m hurdles)
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (Shotput)
Blessing Okagbare (100m/200m/
Ese Brume (Long Jump/4×100m)
Tobi Amusan (100m hurdles/4×100m)
Rosemary Chukwuma (4×100m)
Mercy Ntia Obong (4×100m)
Joy Udo Gabriel (4×100m)
Adekunle Jasper (4×100m)
Blessing Ogundiran (4×100m)
Oyesade Olatoye (Shotput)
Chioma Onyekwere (Discus throw)
Favour Ofili (400m/4×400m)
Patience Okon George (400m/4×400m)
Blessing Ovwighoadjbere (4×400m)
Blessing Oladoye (4×400m)
Abike Egbeniyi (4×400m)
We wish y’all the very best.