After the embarrassing show of the Nigeria Olympic team, Nigeria sports lovers can smile again as the Nigeria team finished third on the overall medals table at the 2021 World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.
The young athletes amassed 7 medals — four gold and three bronze — to rank behind Kenya, the host, and Finland at the end of the competition on Sunday.
The Scandinavians narrowly usurped Nigeria from the second position with four gold and a silver medal as Kenya topped with 16 medals — eight gold, one silver and seven bronze.
Team Nigeria clinched its first gold on the event’s opening day, through the quartet of Chidera Johnson Nnamani, Deborah Opeyemi Oke, Imaobong Nse-Uko and Bamidele Ajayi setting a championship record in the 4×400 meters relay.
However, the contingent had to wait till day 3 before securing another medal. Chinecherem Nnamdi became Nigeria’s first medallist in the field event at a junior championship since 2002 after he struck bronze in the javelin event.
On day 4, the youngsters raked in three medals. Nse-Uko claimed gold in the women’s 400m event after clocking a new personal best of 51.55 seconds.
Udodi Onwuzurike stormed to gold in the men’s 200m to become the first Nigerian to achieve the feat since Francis Obikwelu won the event in Sydney in 1996.
Favour Ofili, however, could only finish with bronze behind Namibia’s duo of Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi in the women’s 200 meters.
Nigeria then won two medals on the championships’ final day of action.
Praise Ofoku, Favour Ofili, Anita Traviore and Tima GodBless dipped a time of 43.90 seconds to win bronze in the women’s 4x100m relay event behind Jamaica and Namibia, who won the gold and silver medals, respectively.
Nigeria’s final golden moment in Nairobi came in the women’s 4x400m relay event.
The quartet of Opeyemi Oke, Ella Onojuvwevwo, Nse-Uko and Ofili, with a time of 3:31:46 seconds, secured the country’s fourth overall gold medal.