Former world indoor 400m champion Sunday Bada, Nigeria, has sadly departed this world at the early age of 42 apparently down to breathing problems, as reported. He was on his way to pick his wife in Lagos on his return from a trip on Monday but never made it there.

Born on 22 June 1969, he won three global indoor medals reaching his peak in 1997 when he finished ahead of Britain’s Jamie Baulch to clinch gold in Paris, France, setting an African indoor record of 45.51 secs that still stands.

It was very much third time lucky for the Nigerian on the back of two silvers in Toronto 1993 and Barcelona 1995 in the championships, making the podium three times on the trot.

Outdoors, his PB of 44.63 secs, second fastest ever in his country, came at the World Championships in Stuttgart in 1993 where he finished fifth and seven years later won silver with the Nigerian team in the men’s long relay in a national record of 3:58.68 in the Olympics in Sydney 2000, converted to gold after the later disqualification of the US team.

However, he didn’t get to ever lay his hands on that piece of silverware as the medals are yet to be released by IOC…