World hurdles champion Tobi Amusan powered Nigeria’s 4x100m women’s team to gold at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, as Nigeria claimed a first-ever Commonwealth Games title in the event.
The men’s 4x400m team made up of Udodi Onwuzurike, Favour Ashe, Alaba Akintola and Raymond Ekevwo also made history with a bronze medal win. It’s the first medal by the men’s 4x100m relay team since 1982.
The women’s 4x100m quartet, which also has Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha, claimed gold in record-breaking fashion, finishing in 42.10secs to break the 42.22secs African record they set at last month’s World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.
World and Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles champion and record holder, Amusan started the historic run with a brilliant first leg, before handing over to Ofili, who ensured Nigeria maintained the advantage, before giving Chukwuma, the individual 100m finalist the baton.
Chukwuma ran the curve perfectly and handed over to reigning Nigerian 100m queen, Nwokocha in the first position.
The 21-year Nwokocha maintained the advantage despite the threat of Great Britain’s anchor leg Darly Neita to bring home Nigeria’s first women’s relay gold.