All ten Nigerian athletes at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England returned without a medal as events came to a close on Sunday.
Team Nigeria lead athlete, Patience Okon-George did not start her 400m first round heat.The three-time National Champion in the women’s 400m event, likewise other quarter-milers did not show up for their event. The quartet of Regina George, Glory Nathaniel, Yinka Ajayi and Emerald Egwim were not seen close to the track.
It got worsened for Nigeria when US-based duo Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (Shot Put) and Chidi Okezie (400m), and 100m hurdles bronze medallist at the 2015 All African Games, Lindsay Lindley could not go past the semi finals.
Enekwechi placed 14th in the overrall standings throwing a best mark of 19.78, Okezie finished in 48.53 seconds to place 17th out of 18 competitors in the semifinal while Lindsay ran 8.08 seconds to place 5th in the semi final of the 60m hurdles.
Nigeria’s brightest hope for a medal was reigning 100m hurdles champion at the National Collegiate of Athletics Association (NCAA), Oluwatobiloba Amusan but was dashed after she clipped her last hurdle in the final. Amusan ran 8.05 seconds to place 7th in the 60m hurdles event.