Blessing Okagbare, captain of Team Nigeria to the just concluded International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships tagged Moscow 2013, helped Nigeria to finish 24th on the medal table with her solitary silver and bronze in the women’s long jump and 200m respectively.
Nigeria finished fifth in Africa, behind Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Ivory Coast with a total of two medals.
Asbel Kiprop retained his 1500m crown and Eunice Sum surged through to deny Russia’s Mariya Savinova back-to-back 800m titles on Sunday as Kenya finished the championships with 5 golds, 4 silvers and 3 bronze to place fourth on the medal ranking and first in Africa.
Ethiopia won ten medals (3 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronzes), one gold for Uganda as Murielle Ahoure helped Ivory Coast to two silvers.
At the end of the Championships, Nigeria ended up in 19th place, with 19 points on the IAAF rankings behind Kenya and Ethiopia.
On Sunday, Alphonsus Peace Uko, Patience Okon George, Stephanie Kalu and Regina George were disqualified from the women’s 4×100m relay final which was won by Jamaica.
Meanwhile the quartets of Patience Okon George, Bukola Abogunloko, Omolara Omotosoho and Regina George finished 6 in the women’s 4×400m relay final on Saturday. George and Omotosho also failed to reach the finals of the 400m individual event which was won by Christine Ohuruogu of Team Great Britain.
Tosin Oke, whose season has been blighted by a recurring injury, crashed out of the qualification round of the triple jump as the half-fit athlete had to pull out of the event.
Muizat Ajoke Odumosu (disqualified) and Ugonna Ndu crashed out of the heats of the 400m hurdle, while Leoman Momoh was also eliminated from the heats of the 800m.
The fastest man in Nigeria Ogho-Oghene Egwero succumbed to the stellar line up of world-class sub-ten athletes in the 100m, losing out of the heat.
Gloria Asumnu failed to make the finals of the women’s 100m won by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Okagbare remains the only blessing to Nigeria in the track and field with a silver medal in the long jumps and a bronze in the 200m after 9 days of thrilling and intensive competition in the Russian capital.