By Johnny Edward:
Bahrain’s Nigerian-born Salwa Eid Naser, the 400m women’s silver medallist at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, refused to acknowledge Nigeria while speaking to journalists after her superb feat, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Naser, born in Nigeria to a Bahraini father and a Nigerian mother, surprised a strong field in Wednesday’s 400m women’s final, posting a new personal best of 50.06 seconds behind the winner Phyllis Francis, who finished with a time of 49.92s. American multiple medallist Allyson Felix came third with a time of 50.08s.
When asked if she had any advice for the new Athletic Federation of Nigeria board, Salwa, 19, who moved to Bahrain from Nigeria three years ago, said bluntly in a video posted online by Athletics Africa: “I don’t really have anything to say to them (the new Athletic Federation of Nigeria board.) The past three years have been a great transition for me and I’m glad. I have nothing to say to the AFN.”
She added that she was not scared to compete against the likes Francis and Felix before the final.
“No, I wasn’t. But I was training hard and hoping for the best. Coming here I really hoped to do something,” Naser who set new national records to win both her heat (50.57) and semi-final (50.08) at the IAAF World Championship in London told iaaf.org.
“I feel so happy. It wasn’t about beating Allyson Felix. It was about getting a personal best and a medal.
“I just had to push through and try. I didn’t see anyone in front of me so I didn’t know what position I was at until the results came through.”