Nse Imaobong has produced Nigeria’s second golden moment on Saturday at the ongoing World Athletics U20 Championships taking place in Nairobi, Kenya as she stormed to victory in the 400m event with a time of 51.55 secs.
The winning time is a new personal best for Nse who also doubles as the National Sports Festival champion following her victory earlier in the year at Edo 2020.
Running from lane 6, Nse who was widely tipped as the firm favorite, did not disappoint despite not having the best of starts as Poland’s Kornelia Lesiewicz led for more than half of the race.
The young Nigerian Olympian, however, held her nerve when it mattered most as she approached the home stretch; pulling away from Lesiewicz before opening up a five-metre gap to cross the finish line first.
Nse inspired Lesiewicz to a PB as she came through for silver in 51.97, with Slyvia Chekangat taking the bronze for host nation Kenya.
Recall that Team Nigeria got its first gold medal on Thursday in 4x400m mixed relay race with a new championship record time of 3:19.70.
Nigeria’s quartet of Chidera Johnson Nnamani, Deborah Oke, Imaobong Nse-Uko, and Bamdiele Ajayi won the medal.
Watch a video of Nse’s race below;
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