Paris 2024: Ghana Outpace Rivals Nigeria to Seal Olympics Ticket in Men’s 4x100m Relay

Paris 2024: Ghana Outpace Rivals Nigeria to Seal Olympics Ticket in Men’s 4x100m Relay

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 6, 2024 at 1:12 AM
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  • Ghana edged Nigeria on Day Two of the 2024 Olympic Qualifiers at the World Relays
  • Both nations secured qualifications for the Paris Olympic Games, taking the top 2 slots
  • Team Ghana avenged their loss against their eternal rivals in the 2023 African Games

Ghana secured an automatic qualification to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games in the men's 4x100 metre relay race on Sunday, May 4.

Despite a stumble with a baton drop on Day One of the World Relays in the Bahamas, the Ghanaian team bounced back with a stellar performance, clocking a season-best time of 38.29 seconds to clinch first place.

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Ghana's men's 4x100 metre relay team secured automatic qualification to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games on Sunday, May 5. Photo credit: @AthleticsGhana/Twitter.
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How Ghana punched relay ticket to Paris Olympics

In Heat Two of the second Olympic qualifying round, the quartet comprising Joseph Paul Amoah, Isaac Botsio, Ibrahim Fuseini, and Benjamin Azamati faced off against formidable opponents from Nigeria, Korea, Saudi Arabia, the Dominican Republic, and the Netherlands on Day Two.

Team Ghana got off to a strong start, with Fuseini accelerating out of the blocks and smoothly passing the baton to Botsio.

With impressive teamwork, they maintained their lead as Azamati powered through the third leg before handing over to Amoah.

Amoah, known for his exceptional speed, surged ahead on the anchor leg, replicating his stellar performance from the 2023 African Games.

Nigeria join Ghana in booking automatic qualification

Joe Paul's unstoppable sprint ensured Ghana's victory, securing their ticket to Paris in spectacular fashion.

Their eternal rivals, Nigeria, picked the other automatic slot by finishing in second position.

Nigeria outruns Ghana to win gold at 2023 African Games

In a previous battle between the two West African nations, Sports Brief reported that Team Nigeria edged out rivals, Ghana, by two microseconds in the men's 4x100m relay to claim gold at the 2023 African Games in Accra.

The Nigerian quartet, consisting of Sunday Israel Okon, Ekanem Consider, Akintola Alaba Olukunle, and Itsekiri Usheoritse, sought redemption after their loss to the Ghanaian team five years earlier in Rabat, Morocco.

In a swift 38.41 seconds, Nigeria executed flawless baton exchanges, notably from the third to the anchor leg, where Usheoritse sealed the victory.

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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.