Nigeria’s 4x100m relay team has qualified for the relay event of next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil despite failing to make it to the podium at the second IAAF World Relays concluded Sunday in Nassau,Bahamas.
The quartet of Blessing Okagbare,Gloria Asumnu,Peace Uko and Dominique Duncan came last (eighth with 42.99 seconds) in the final at Thomas Robinson stadium but clinched one of the eight automatic tickets on offer for the Games next year courtesy of qualifying and competing in the final of the event.
The IAAF had ruled last year at its council meeting that the World Relays would serve as qualifiers for major international championships and Games.
The top eight-finishers in 4×100m and 4×400m events will thus gain automatic qualification into the Games in Brazil.If a team was disqualified, the top team in the B-final would qualify.
The remaining eight slots will be filled by the top eight teams in the IAAF World Ranking Lists for Olympic Games Qualification which will be released on July 12,2016.
The Nigerian men 4x100m and 4x400m as well as the women’s 4x400m teams will now have to battle to achieve the entry standard within the qualification period.