Team Nigeria has recorded her best ever outing in history at the ongoing U-20 World Athletics Championships taking place in Nairobi, Kenya with 3 gold and 2 bronze medals so far.
This medal haul has moved Nigeria to third place on the medals table behind the hosts Kenya and surprise package Finland.
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Nigeria’s Mixed 4×400m relay team started the gold rush before Imaobong Nse Uko(400m women) and Udodi Onwuzurike(200m men)won the finals of their events in dominant fashion.
Favour Ofili(200m women) and Chinacherem Nnamdi(Javelin) won Team Nigeria’s Bronze medals.
There are expectations of more podium finishes for Team Nigeria in the 4×100m(men and women) and 4×400m(women) relays today, the final day of the Championships.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has announced cash awards for the athletes who win medals at the ongoing championships
Dare had charged and promised the athletes before the Championships began that those who do the nation proud will be handsomely rewarded, a statement that has now seen the light of day.
The cash awards announced will see the athletes receive $5000 for Gold, $3000 for Silver and $2000 for Bronze medals.
This is however the first time that athletes to the World Athletics U20 Championships would ever be financially rewarded for their performances.
It will be recalled that Team Nigeria’s quartet of Chidera Johnson Nnamani, Deborah Oke, Imaobong Nse-Uko, and Bamidele Ajayi won the country’s first gold medal at the Championships.
The quarter set a Championship Record of 3:19.70 to win the Gold in the Mixed 4x400m relay. Poland, with a time of 3:19.80, finished second behind Nigeria while India settled for bronze after returning a time of 3:20.60.