Hope Dashed! Nigeria’s Medal Hopefuls Disqualified in the Final at World Relays

Hope Dashed! Nigeria’s Medal Hopefuls Disqualified in the Final at World Relays

Nigeria’s medal hopes at the IAAF World Relays was dashed on Sunday when the 4×200 metres Men team were disqualified in the final.

The quartet of Emmanuel Arowolo, Enoch Adegoke, Usheoritse Itsekiri and Jerry Jakpa had finished fourth in Heat 2 and advanced to the final as fifth overall.

 


However, despite setting a National Record of 1:22.08 in the Heat, the sprinters’ joy was smashed for a technicality.

 

In the race itself, the USA team won, holding off a strong South African squad, anchored by African 100m champion Akani Simbine, who clocked 1:20.12. That broke the African record for the second time in less than two hours.

 

Germany was third in 1:21.26, another national record.

 

It’s the second time the Country’s team was disqualified in Yokohama, following the Women’s 4x100m team’s red flag in the Heats.

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