13th African Games: Nigeria’s Okezie Chidi Anthony Claims Gold in Men’s 400m Final

13th African Games: Nigeria’s Okezie Chidi Anthony Claims Gold in Men’s 400m Final

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 20, 2024 at 5:27 PM
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  • Chidi Okezie stormed from behind to win the men's 400m final at the 13th African Games
  • The Nigerian athlete edged competition from Muzala Samukonga and Diouf Cheikh Tidiane
  • The 30-year-old previously won the bronze medal at the 2019 Games in Rabat, Morocco

American-born Nigerian athlete Chidi Anthony Okezie secured gold in the men's 400-meter final on the third day of athletics at the ongoing African Games in Accra, Ghana.

Despite a slow start, Chidi demonstrated remarkable resilience, mounting a sensational comeback to claim victory in a time of 45.06 seconds.

Chidi Anthony Okezie, Nigeria, 400-metre final, African Games.
Chidi Anthony Okezie blazed his way to success in the men's 400m final at the 2023 African Games. Photo by Fadel Senna.
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With a powerful surge from the 200-meter mark onwards, he swiftly closed the gap on his competitors and surged ahead, leveraging his long strides to propel himself to the finish line, as noted by Premium Times.

His exceptional performance in the final stretch allowed him to overtake Muzala Samukonga from Zambia and Senegal's Diouf Cheikh Tidiane, securing the top spot on the podium.

Born in Philadelphia, Chidi had previously represented the United States of America during his junior career.

However, he has since embraced his Nigerian heritage and delivered an outstanding performance at the African Games, building upon his bronze medal achievement at the 2019 edition in Rabat, Morocco.

Notably, his time of 45.06 seconds also marked a personal best for him.

Nigeria storms to 4x400m mixed relay

Meanwhile, Chidi's fellow Nigerian compatriots continued their stellar performance at the ongoing African Games in Ghana, securing gold in the 4x400m mixed relay and establishing a new record, as reported by Sports Brief.

The mixed team, consisting of Emmanuel Ojeli, Samson Nathaniel, Patience George, and Omolara Ogunmakinju, clinched the gold medal ahead of Botswana, the favoured team.

Moreover, they set a new African record with a remarkable time of 3:13.26, while Botswana earned silver with a national record time of 3:13.99.

Tobi Amusan wins women's 100m hurdles

In another remarkable achievement for Nigeria on the track, celebrated hurdler Tobi Amusan encountered a disqualification scare but ultimately prevailed to secure gold in Accra, as per Sports Brief.

Capitalising on the opportunity, she showcased a stellar performance, finishing with a time of 12.89 seconds.

Initially challenged by Madagascar's Fiadanantsoa Sidonie, Amusan surged ahead after the 50-meter mark, successfully retaining her title.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.