Nigeria's men's 4x400m team has qualified for the relay event at the World Athletics Championships with an impressive last gasp finish at the 4th CAA Abuja Grand Prix at the Abuja Stadium.
The men's team of Godday James, Saul Weigopwa, Abiola Onakoya and Noah Akwu won in 3:02.33, just ahead of the Dominican Republican team whose 3:02.45 for second place also lifted them above the 3:03.31 IAAF qualifying standard for next month's Berlin World Championships.
The Kenyan team led by Coach Stephen Mwaniki were however unfortunate as they missed the mark by 0.59 secs. A collision with the Nigerian third leg at the final changeover left the Kenyan anchor leg with his right spike shoe off and he ran on with only one shoe to place third in 3:03.90.
Nigeria's Toyin Augustus won the women's 100m hurdles in 12.96 seconds, with Trinidad & Tobago's Aleesha Barber second in 13.06 seconds and Nigeria-born Spanish athlete Glory Alozie third in 13.26 seconds clocking. Nigeria's Seun Adigu was fourth and fifth respectively in 13.38 and 13.45 seconds.
Trinidad and Tobago's Rhonda Watkins with a 6.47m leap had one over Olympic bronse medallist Blessing Okagbare with victory in the women's Long Jump. Okagbare was second in 6.43metres and Romanian Tigau Viorica was third in 6.38 metres.
Cote D'Ivore's Miete Ben Youssef won the men's 100m in 10.21 seconds with Trinidad and Tobago's Bledman Keston second in 10.30 seconds and National Sports Festival fastest man Oghene-Ogho Egwero third in 10.31 seconds.
In the women's race, Trinidad and Tobago's Semoy Hackett won in 11.33 seconds ahead of home pair of Damola Osayomi (11.40) and Gloria Kemasuode (11.48).
African 400m recorld-holder Gary Kikaya of the DRC won with a season's best time of 45.21 seconds ahead of Sudan's Ali Abubakar who was second in 45.42 seconds. Jamaican Michael Blackwood was third in 45.63 seconds.
In the women's 400 metres, Nigeria's Folashade Abugan with 51.44 seconds finished ahead of Chad's Nadjing Katouma, second in 51.54 seconds; Kenya's Joyce Zakari who was third with a personal best 51.56 seconds and Nigeria's Amaka Ogoegbunam who was fourth in 52.16 seconds.
In Triple jump, Charles Fredrich of Germany won with a leap of 16.77 metres. Former Great Britain junior, Tosin Oke of Nigeria was second in 16.35 metres (from his first and only legal jump) while Namibian Roger Haitengi was third with 15.48 metres.
The women's 4x400m relay team also won the relay in a time of 3:30.77.
Nigeria's women's 4x100m team had earlier qualified for the relay event at the World Championships with their 43.51 seconds finish at the NAAA/Sagicor National Track and Field Open Championships at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago last month.
The Nigerian men 4x100m team were disappointing at the same meet, finishing fourth in 40.75 seconds and missing out on the 39.10 seconds IAAF 4x100m relay qualifying standard.
The Trinidad & Tobago (Red team) quartet of Darrel Brown, Marc Burns, Keston Bledman and Richard Thompson won the race in 38.70 seconds. Canada were second in 39.51 seconds, while the Trinidad & Tobago White team were third in 40.45 seconds.
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