Team Nigeria’s hope for any medal in athletics at the Rio 2016 Olympics came to a final crash Saturday morning with the poor performance of the Nigeria women relay team in the finals of the 4×100 metres.
The quartet of Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asunmu, Jennifer Madu and Agnes Osazuwa returned at 43.21 seconds to place 8th in the eight lane finals.
The performance is disappointingly short of their return time of 42.55 seconds in the semi finals which brought them into the finals as the seventh fastest team.
In the face of serial failures to pick any individual medal in track and field, Tram Nigeria officials have banked on the leadership of Blessing Okagbare for the women quartet to salvage possibly a bronze in the relay but it was not to be.
The United States team won the race with a time of 41.01 seconds bringing Tori Bowie to complete her medal haul with a gold after picking silver in 100 metres and bronze in 200 metres.
Jamaica won the silver in 41.36 secs while Team Great Britain clinched the bronze returning at 41.77 secs.
The U.S. still holds the world and Olympic record of 40.82 secs created at the London 2012 games.