*Customs too make arrests to win the 4x400m title
By Olajide Fashikun
In order to emerge the nation’s fastest quartet, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) had to arrest the other seven teams with a whole lot of finesse and hardwork. On the more tedious, Nigeria Customs doubled their vigilance to secure the 4x400metres men.
In the 4x100m men’s final, Civil Defence quartet won with a time of 40.12s, Nigeria Customs returned 40.31s to pick the second position, Nigeria Police came third with 41.10s. While the FCT quartet got the fourth position with a time of 41.20s. FUTA of Akure were fifth with 41.34s. Cross River returned 42.21s, Ekiti made 42.43s to come 7th while the Lagos team 42.63s.
The most dramatic race of the evening which got virtually everyone in the arena standing and cheering was the 4x400m men’s final which the Customs team by dint of hardwork and perseverance won with 3:12.22s. Lagos was second with 3:13.39s. Nigeria Police returned 3:13.83s. The young squad of Making of Champions that led the bunch came down to the fourth position with a time of 3:18.48s. FCT were fifth with 3:19.04s.
In the boring but enduring 10,000m men’s final whose national record remains standing at 29:04.5 minutes, Emmanuel Gyang of Civil Defence was the sole administrator. He returned 29:15.97 minutes. Stephen Joshua of Mountaineer got the far but distant second position with 29:55.98minutes. Goyet Gideon of Civil Defence was third with 30:17.17minutes. Fourth was Ndung Njim of Mountaineer with 30:35.45m. Shehu Muázu of Customs 30:56.97 and Elisha Friday of Mountaineer finished the race at 32:32.84minutes.
Heptathlon Women final and winners of N10,000 each from the former Nigerian champion Pat Itanyi are Nwichi Ngozi of Abia State who got 4385 points which a far cry from the national record of 6153 points. Second was petite Clifford Fegor of Delta State who got 3708 points and third was Aniefuna Anulika Judith of UNIPORT with 3272 points.