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Nigerians clock fastest time in 4x100m semis

30 July 2002

The semi-final of the men's 4x100m has highlighted the potential medal challenge of the Nigerian team.

Jason Gardener

Gardener helps England to second place

The men's 400m semi-final took place earlier this morning at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Heat 1 saw success for the Nigerian team. The squad of Taiwo Ajibade, Sunday Emmanuel, Chinedu Oriala, and Uchenna Emedolu scooped first place in a time of 38.95 seconds. Their acceleration and smooth baton transfer marked them as the clear winners from an early stage.

The England team claimed second place. This was well deserved following the difficulties the squad had faced following the loss of Dwain Chambers and Mark Lewis-Francis to injury.

Canada took third place with a time of 38.51 seconds.

The second heat gave the Jamaican squad something to smile about. They completed in a time of 39.05 seconds. The squad included Latonel Williams, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, and Dwight Thomas.

Trinidad and Tobago finished second in a time of 39.16 seconds. The Australian team were hot on their heels and earned third place with a time of 39.24 seconds.

Cameroon and Wales also qualified as the two fastest losers.

South Africa were disqualified after a faulty first hand-over in their heat. The hand-over between Morne Nagel and Corne du Plessis took place outside the marked box within the lane.

The men's 4x100m final takes place tomorrow evening at the City of Manchester Stadium.

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