USAGOLD MEDAL3:04.76 (WJL)
I wanted to give David a comfortable lead, and we were trying to go for the record. We did well. We wanted to get the record.
Fast two legs first, and everybody else maintain at the end. We could have had [the record].
Seeing our girls do it, and knowing the pressure the US has on the 4 x 400 metres, it meant a lot. We didn’t want to lose.
We all know we didn’t perform what we wanted, but we got the result we wanted. We went out and got the gold. We came in first. We couldn’t have asked for much more than that. We didn’t break the record, but we’re still happy. We’re happy with what we got.
We represented real well, we came home with number one, so that’s what we came to do.
NIGERIA - SILVER MEDAL - 3:06.36 (NJ)
Tobi OGUNMOLA, second leg
I really appreciate God, because God has done it for us. I believe Nigeria is going to be number one in track and field, with God’s grace.
The race was fantastic.
[On Nigeria’s first World Junior Championships men’s 4 x 400 medal] I feel good.
Salihu ISAH, anchor leg
From the first leg, the first guy that was running, I knew Nigeria was going to place at the top.
But as we were going, in the second leg, I don’t know what happened, there was a bit of a slow-down, but he made it up when he finished. The third leg was going very smoothly, and I did the best that I could do.
GREAT BRITAIN & N.I. - BRONZE - 3:06.49
It was a great race for us getting a medal and all. No one was expecting this from us so we showed them through the heats and semi-finals we could run. I don’t think many thought we were going to grab a medal before this started so, yeah, very pleased with our effort.
We knew the Americans were away so we were pushing for silver or bronze. We knew if we just kept pushing in the last 50 metres it would be a reality for us so everything went to plan.