IAAF World Champs: Glory Nathaniel, Margaret Bamgbose, others set to compete on Day 4!

Day 4 of the ongoing IAAF  World Championships in London will only have an afternoon session as the 3-Day IAAF World Coaches Conference will begin today, August 7th  to 10th and on these days competition will only be held in the Afternoon.

The conference, which will hold at the Hilton Canary Wharf in the British capital and opened by IAAF President Sebastian Coe, this year’s World Coaches Conference is not only open to all interested accredited coaches and their member federations, but also to the mass media.

After the conference today, events will start at 6:30pm with the men’s 200m heats while on the field, African Champion Tosin Oke, despite not hitting the qualification mark, he qualified by virtue of being Area Champion (AR). He will compete in the Qualification B of the men’s Triple Jump. Tosin would have to go farther than his Season’s Best of 16.70m to qualify for finals,  either by hitting the 17.00m qualification mark or being in Top 12. He finished 8th in the final of the 2015 edition.

Thereafter the athletes in the Women’s 400m- hurdles will take center stage as they compete in the heats and Nigeria’s Glory Nathaniel will be on lane 2 in 5th and final heat.

The 2017 National Bronze medalist in the 400m flat will take on Rhonda Whyte of Jamaica (54.29s), Switzerland’s Lea Sprunger (54.29s) and Italy’s  Yadisleidis Pedroso (54.87s) and the Nigerian will be hoping to finish in top 4 to progress to the semis.

Nathaniel Glory who won the Gold medal at the 2017 Nigerian University Games (NUGA) in Benue state, made her international senior debut appearance the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku wherein she stormed to a Personal Best of 55.90s to finish behind former compatriot, Kemi Adekoya now of Bahrain in 54.68s. With the quality of athletes in the field, Glory will be looking forward to lower her life best-time.

Glory Nathaniel crossing the finish line in Women’s 400mh at NUGA

Nigeria’s trio; Patience Okon-George, Ajayi Yinka and Margaret Bamgbose will all compete in the  Women’s 400m semifinal later tonight.

Patience will run on lane 4 of heat 1 of the Semifinal and she would have to run under 51s or possibly run a new life best to make the finals and also finsih in Top 2 or as a best loser. She’s in a tough heat as the likes of Shaunae Miller-Uibo (49.77s), Quanera Hayes (49.72s) Stephenie McPherson(50.68s) are all in her heat.

(L-R) Nigeria’s Patience Okon George, US athlete Quanera Hayes, Australia’s Morgan Mitchell, Canada’s Carline Muir, Ukraine’s Anastasiia Bryzgina and Britain’s Zoey Clark compete in the heats of the women’s 400m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 6, 2017. ANTONIN THUILLIER / AFP

Ajayi Yinka also has a lot in her plate, as she will face the defending World Champion Allyson Felix (49.65s), Shericka Jackson (50.05s),  Novelene Williams-Mills (50.14s) and Bahraini Record Holder and former compariot, Salwa Eid Naser (50.57s). She will certainly have to push herself to the extreme to make the finals but on a brighter note, going under 51s will be a great take home.

Notre Dame alumni, Margaret Bamgbose will hit the track soon after to compete in the last of the semifinals and the Rio Olympics semifinalist has greater chances of making the final as she would only have Phyllis Francis (49.96s) and Chrisann Gordon of Jamaica (50.13s) to deal with but lets not forget 2013 World Silver medalist Amantle Montsho (51.37s) who will also be in the mix.

We wish all our athletes the very best!

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