Budapest 2023: Nigeria men's 4x100m secure provisional World Championships qualification

Nigeria men's 4x100m relay squad at the Warri Relays

Budapest 2023: Nigeria men's 4x100m secure provisional World Championships qualification

Funmilayo Fameso 23:39 - 27.07.2023

The men's 4x100m relay Nigerian team have provisionally qualified for the World Championships in Budapest.

Team Nigeria men's 4x100m relay squad have secured provisional qualification to the World Championships in Budapest after an outstanding performance at the Warri Relays.

The team comprising of Favour Ashe, Kanyinsola Ajayi, Alaba Akintola, and Godson Brume ran an impressive 38.26s to win the men's 4x100m and move joint 14th in the world.

This time is the fastest by a Nigerian sprint relay quartet since 2004 when Olusoji Fasuba, Uchenna Emedolu, Aaron Egbele, and Deji Aliu clocked 38.23s to win a bronze medal at the Athens Olympic Games.

With the time clocked in Warri, Nigeria moves joint 13th with Kenya on the top list, which currently secures their spot in Budapest as only the top 16 are guaranteed to compete at the championship.

Consequently, the deadline for qualification is July 31st, although more countries still have attempts at qualifying, Nigerians and athletics enthusiasts can enjoy the moment and be hopeful that the talented squad will be in Budapest.

A guaranteed position by the end of the qualification period means the country will have four relay teams, joining the women's 4x400m, mixed relay, and women's 4x100m lining up on the track come August.

The men's 4x100m squad in Warri ran without three of the country's fastest sprinters this season in Udodi Onwuzurike, Seye Ogunlewe, and Usheoritse Itsekiri, which makes reference to the depth of the squad and if they perfect their techniques can challenge for a medal or break the National Record of 37.94s at the World Championships.