Wednesday 18 August was a successful day for Africa at the World Junior Athletics Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. The continent won three gold medals including the inaugural 4X400m mixed relay at the World Championships, won by Nigeria.
Africa's U20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday, August 18, were a great success. Nigeria (mixed 4X400m relay), Ethiopia (men's 3000m) and South Africa (pole vault) gave the continent its first gold medals of the competition taking place in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Nigerian relay was composed of Johnson Nnamani, Imaobong Nse Uko, Opeyemi Oke and Bamidele Ajayi. The quartet clocked a time of 3'19''70.
With this success, Nigeria enters the history books. The 4X400m mixed relay making its debut at the U20 World Championships.
Poland and Jamaica completed the podium in the mixed 4X400m.
A 100% African podium
The men's 3,000m relay - another innovation of the U20 World Championships - was exclusively composed of Africans. Gold and silver went to Ethiopians Tadese Worku (7'42''09) and Ali Abdilmana (7'44''55), respectively. Eritrea's Habtom Samuel took bronze (7'52''69).
Africa's third gold medal of the day went to South Africa's Mire Reinstorf. She won the women's pole vault final by clearing 4m15. African U20 record.
The silver medal went to France's Elise Russis and the bronze to Canada's Heather Abadie.