AllAfrica.com is reporting that Nigeria’s women’s relay team won the 4x200m relay at the 2015 IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas setting a new national record in the process. On Saturday, Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, Regina George, Dominique Duncan and Christy Udoh emerged as the 4x200m World Relay champions at 1:30.52seconds. Blessing Okagbare got Nigeria off to a perfect start in lane 4, with George, Duncan and Udoh running a perfect relay. The Nigerian team upset the favored American team, whose chances were dashed during the final changeover between Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix, when Felix fell to the ground after failing to get a solid grip on the baton from Tarmoh.
Okagbare is hoping to lead Nigeria to yet another medal in the women’s 4x100m, after missing out on bronze by one hundredth of a second last year. If the team can finish in the top 8, then they will gain an automatic qualifying spot for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Read more at AllAfrica.com.
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