Nigerian born athlete Salwa Eid Naser now holds the record of running the third-fastest time in the world.
Salwa Eid Naser emerged victorious in the women’s 400m world title representing Bahrain as she became a record-breaker, having the world third fastest time to her name.
The record was described as the biggest upset of 2019 World Championships in Doha, as she defeated one of the race favorite Shaunae Miller-Uibo with the time of 48: 14 seconds which won her the race, while Miller-Uibo came second with the time of 48:37sec and Shericka Jackson of Jamaica came third with 49.47secs.
Salwa sealed her spot in the athletics history books 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.”
It is exciting and sad at the same time that Nigeria produces such talents who due to lack of attention and infrastructure to train and harness these potentials leave to seek representation elsewhere and produce top class performances such as this.
Maybe this would bring more attention the Nigerian athletic community and management to begin fixing the issues surrounding infrastructure and sponsorship and the need to encourage our talents to remain in the country. But the rabbit hole goes deep unfortunately.
Congratulations Eid Naser from us here @hitvibz