Fleet footed queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare inspired a Nigerian onslaught for gold in the women’s 4×100 metres relay at the All-Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
The Nigerian quartet in the women’s 4×100 metres race also had Cecilia Francis, Ngozi Onwumere and Lawretta Ozoh.
Okagbare-Ighoteguonor ran the second leg of the relay and sprint speed helped the Nigerian team open a huge lead that saw them finish the race in a time of 43.10 seconds.
Francis ran the opening leg of the race before handing the baton to Okagbare-Ighoteguonor who made ran a solid race to widen the gap between Nigeria and the other contending teams.
All Onwumere needed to do in the third leg was sustain the huge lead which the double Commonwealth Games sprint champion had opened up in the second leg.
And the anchor leg of the race, Ozoh, just had to coast to the finish line once Onwumere handed over the baton to her in the final 100 metres.
Nigeria’s West African rivals Ghana finished in second place in a time of 43.72 seconds while Ivory Coast came in third with 43.98 seconds.