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This is both wild and sad for Naija, Ebuka says as Nigerian-born athlete breaks record, wins 400m world title for Bahrain

Salwa Eid Naser set the 3rd fastest time in women's 400m history to take gold at IAAF World Championships in Doha (Reuters Photo)


This is both wild and sad for Naija, Ebuka says as Nigerian-born athlete breaks record, wins 400m world title for Bahrain

Big Brother Naija host, Chukwuebuka Obi-Uchendu, simply known as Ebuka, has described Salwa Eid Naser victory women’s 400m at the World Athletics Championships as both side and wild for Nigeria.

WuzupNigeria reports that Nigerian-born Salwa Eid Naser competed as a Bahrain national.

Salwa Eid Naser destroyed the field and stunned Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo as she became the first Asian to win the women’s 400 metres world title on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Eid Naser surged past race favourite Miller-Uibo on the back straight to win in 48.14 seconds, the third-fastest time in history.

Miller-Uibo took silver in 48.37. The Bahamian suffered her first defeat over the distance since she inexplicably stumbled with victory in her grasp in London two years ago.

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After running the fastest 400 metres since 1985, Eid Naser seemed to be in a state of shock as she sat on the track and covered her mouth with her hand at the end of the race.

“This is crazy,” she said. “I was just hoping for the best but now I’m world champion.”

Miller-Uibo managed to close the gap down the back straight but left it too late to catch her rival, despite herself running the sixth-fastest time in history.

Another Nigerian has made history by running the third-fastest time in the world to win the 400m World title for Bahrain.

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In what has been described as the biggest upset of the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

Salwa sealed her spot in history behind East Germany’s world record holder Marita Koch and Jarmila Kratochvilova of former Czechoslovakia who got their spot in the race over 30 years ago.

“I’m the first one to win a global medal for Bahrain -? it is really rewarding and I’m so happy,” she said.

“I still can’t believe the time. The time is so crazy, crossing the line and seeing the time I went completely crazy.

“Yes I was training so hard but I never expected to run this fast.”

On defeating Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo to win the title, Salwa said;

“I think she (Shaunae) is an amazing athlete,” she said. “I don’t think I would have done that alone of course.

“She’d been there to push me and is very competitive. I love her energy and already said thank you to her because without her I don’t think I would have gone so fast.

“So I’m happy this race happened.”

Reacting to the record-breaking performance, Media personality Ebuka tweeted

‘This is both wild and sad (for Naija)’

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