Nigeria’s women relay team at the ongoing IAAF/BTC World Relays in the Bahamas emerged winners in the 200m relays sprint on SUnday.
Pre-event favourites the United States looked set to successfully defend their title from last year, after Shalonda Solomon, Kimberlyn Duncan and Jeneba Tarmoh had built up a comfortable lead on the first three legs, the IAAF website reported.
However, disaster struck on the final changeover between Tarmoh and Allyson Felix. The Olympic 200m champion could not get a good grip on the baton as Tarmoh then bumped into her before Felix fell to the ground, effectively ending their medal hopes.
There was drama too for the Bahamas as their second changeover was well outside of the zone. They carried on and eventually crossed the line in second place, but they were disqualified.
That meant that Nigeria was the victor, winning in 1:30.52 to take two seconds off the national record the team set earlier this year. World 200m bronze medallist, Blessing Okagbare, led the team off before the baton was passed to Regina George, Dominique Duncan and Christy Udoh.
Jamaica finished a second in 1:31.73, one and a half seconds slower than their time from last year, but one place higher on the podium. Germany was third in 1:33.61 while China set an Asian record of 1:34.89 in fourth place.