Gold Coast 2018: Folashade Abugan, Patience Okon disqualified in 400m heat
Day 2 of Athletics paraded some of Nigeria’s medal hopeful as the Women’s 400m athletes took to the track at 1am Nigerian time and despite their impressive performances two of our athletes got Disqualified.
Veteran, Folashade Abugan ran a good race to finish 3rd in a Season’s best of 52.29s behind Jamaica’s Stephanie McPherson (50.80s) and Zoey Clark (52.07s). Folashade was later disqualified for lane violation.
Double Silver medalist from the 2014 Games, Patience Okon-George took the victory in heat 4 by a wide margin with a time of 51.76s beating Australia’s Anneliese Rubie (52.32s) and Botswana’s Galefete Moroko (53.28s) but she sadly got disqualified later on for lane violation as well.
The only athlete to sail through to the semis is Ajayi Yinka who won heat 5 with 51.71s. It was a great win for the NOUN Law graduate as she came from behind to beat Botswana’s Christine Botlosgetswe who settled for 2nd in 51.73s while India’s Him Das finished in 3rd with 52.11s.
Nigeria’s lone sprint hurdler, Oyeniyi Abejoye was in a tough heat as he went against 4 top athletes in the World this year. He could only manage a 7th place finish amongst the experienced field in 14.10s but will surely take one or two lessons from the Games. This Games will serve as an eye-opener for the Golden League leader and would prepare him ahead of the African Championships in August.
Later today, Men’s 400m semifinalists; Samson Nathaniel and Chidi Okezie will take to the track to compete for a slot in the final. We wish them the best.