IAAF World Championships: Okagbare, Okon-George leads Team Nigeria on Day 3!
The quest for Nigerian athletes to make a mark at the ongoing IAAF World Championships in London, United Kingdom continues today as three Nigerians will hit the London stadium to justle for slots in the semis this morning while Blessing Okagbare will be looking forward to pick a medal in her third appearance in the 100m final later tonight.
The Commonwealth 100m record holder, finished 2nd behind USA’s Tori Bowie in the heat yesterday with a time of 11.22s and she will be hoping to go faster in the semifinal at 7:28pm when she will go against a tough field which includes Olympic Silver medalist Tori Bowie, double World Silver medalist Murielle Ahuore and Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye in the last semifinal of the evening as first two in each semifinal qualifies and next two fastest times.
Nigeria’s trio; Patience Okon-George, Ajayi Yika and Margaret Bamgbose will compete in the Women’s 400m in the morning session.
Ajayi will go against Bahama’s Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann-Mcpherson in heat 2 at 12:04pm. It would be an eye-opener for the young athlete who clinched the 400m title at CAA/Warri Grand Prix a few weeks ago running a Personal Best of 51.30s. She will be hoping on going faster bearing in mind the caliber of athletes she will be running against.
About 27mins later, National Champion Patience Okon-George will take on Quanera Hayes of the United States who has the quickest time on paper with a PB and SB of 49.72s in heat 5 . Patience will be running blind as she will be on Lane 9 while the American will run on Lane 8. We foresee Patience making the semis as Quanera might be the only one to give her a good fight based on the times run by the other athletes in the field.
Thereafter, 2016 National Silver medalist, Margaret Bamgbose will go against USA’s Kendall Ellis and Jamaica’s Christian Gordon. The Notre Dame alumni will be hoping to be in Top 3 to make the semis as she did at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
If all three finish in Top 3 in their different heat, then, they will join Glory Nathaniel to compete on Day 4 of the Championships. Glory will be competing in the Women’s 400m hurdles. It would be her first time on the World stage and she will have a lot to take home at the end of the competition.
Goodluck to all our athletes!