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Sports News of Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Source: www.punchng.com

Relay gold thrills Nwokocha

Nigerian sprinter, Grace Nwokocha Nigerian sprinter, Grace Nwokocha

Nigerian sprinter, Grace Nwokocha, is delighted to have won gold with the 4x100m relay team at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Nwokocha, alongside Favour Ofili, Rose Chukwuma and Tobi Amusan emerged winners of the 4x100m women’s relay race.

The quartet set a new African Record of 42.10secs to win the event.

Nwokocha, the anchor leg runner, added that the victory was a consolation for the relay team, following their fourth-place finish at the World Championships in Oregon last month.

“We’ve been working so hard to get ourselves a fast time so that we could be at world level and we could be champions,” the 21-year-old Nwokocha told the BBC.

“It is where we have always wanted to be. When we went to the Worlds, we felt so disappointed we didn’t get a medal.”

World champion, Tobi Amusan, started the race for Nigeria and expertly handed over the baton to Ofili, who won the silver medal in the individual 200m event.

Ofili handed over to Rose Chukwuma, who handed the baton to the anchor leg runner Nwokocha, who did not disappoint to deliver the gold.