Nigeria claimed the women's relay title today at the African Athletics Championships ©Getty Images

Nigeria and Kenya took the women's and men's 4x100 metres relay gold medals to conclude the third day of the African Athletics Championships today in Mauritius.

Praise Idamadudu, Tima Godbless, Praise Ofoku and Tobi Amusan were the first over the line in the women's race in a winning time of 44.45sec.

Silver went to South Africa in 44.87 and bronze to The Gambia - featuring yesterday's 100m winner Gina Bass - in 44.97.

Men's gold went to the Kenyan quartet of Dan Kiviasi, Mike Mokamba, Samwel Imeta and new African 100m champion, Ferdinand Omanyala.

The team finished in 39.28, far in front of silver medallists South Africa, featuring yesterday's silver medallist Akani Simbine.

South Africa clocked a time of 39.79, marginally holding off bronze medallists Zimbabwe in 39.81.

Elsewhere, Miranda Coetzee of South Africa took gold in the women’s 400m final in a time of 51.82.

Niddy Mingilishi of Zambia was second in 52.36 and the bronze went to Kenyan Veronica Mutua in 52.76.

Muzala Samukonga of Zambia took the men’s 400m in a new personal best of 45.31, beating Botswana's Bayapo Ndori by 0.04sec to the line.

Bronze went to Mohamed Fares Glassi of Tunisia in 45.54, needing a photo finish to separate himself from South African Zakhiti Nene.

Slimane Moula of Algeria won the men’s 800m today in 1min 45.59sec, finishing a second in front of Kenya's Nicholas Kiplagat and Tshepiso Masalela of Botswana, who completed the podium.

Ferdinand Omanyala anchored Kenya to relay victory ©Getty Images
Ferdinand Omanyala anchored Kenya to relay victory ©Getty Images

More middle distance success came out of East Africa with an Ethiopian one-two in the men's 3,000m steeplechase final.

Hailemariyam Amare claimed the title in 8:27.38, beating compatriot Tadese Takele in a sprint finish.

Kenya's Geoffrey Kirwa completed the podium, pipping Moroccan Mohamed Tindouft to the line.

Youssra Lajdoud became the African champion in the women's long jump with three consistent jumps - the best being 6.37 metres in the final round.

Esraa Samir from Egypt kept her honest throughout, taking silver with a best of 6.29m and Christine Yasmine Koala of Burundi won bronze with 6.25m.

Finally, Larbi Bouradda of Algeria leads the men's decathlon at the halfway stage with 4,019 points, holding a slim margin over South African Jesse Perez, who has 3,960.

The decathlon 100m was won by Samuel Osadolor of Nigeria - who sits in seventh now after failing to finish the 400m - and fourth-placed Edwin Too of Kenya won the long jump.

Marcell de Jager of South Africa, sitting fifth, claimed the best result in shot put.

It took until the high jump for Bouradda to fully stand out, clearing 1.93m along with Too and third-placed Friedrich Pretorius of South Africa.

The Algerian was then the only athlete to go under 50 seconds in the 400m.