Okon, Ajayi, Bamgbose sail through to semi’s as Okagbare bows out

Nigeria’s female quarter-milers didn’t make the losses of yesterday count as Patience Okon George, Margaret Bamgbose and Yinka Ajayi executed their races well on Day 3 of the competition and made it to the Semifinals of the women’s 400m at the ongoing 2017 London World Championships. The semifinal is set to hold today, 7th August 2017.

Despite the late arrival of the National 400m Silver medallist and World Championship debutante, Yinka Ajayi, the youngster was still able to run an impressive time of 51.58s to come third in the Women’s 400m heat 2.

National Champion and 2016 African Bronze medallist Patience Okon-George led the race till about 300m before USA’s Quarena Hayes came strongly from behind and overhauled her in the home straight. She crossed the finish line with a time of 51.83s to come 2nd in the heat 5.

Meanwhile, Rio semifinalist Margaret Bamgbose proved to be ready for this Championships as she ran a Season’s Best of 51.57s to finish 3rd. Botswana’s Amantle Montsho also ran a Season’s Best of 51.37s alongside with Jamaica’s Christian Gordon, 51.14s both crossed the line ahead of the Nigerian.

Olympic and World Championship medallist, Blessing Okagbare was the last Nigerian to compete on Day 3 in the women’s 100m Semifinal 3. She ran a time of 11.08s to place 4th and finish 9th overall, just a spot below the top 8 and sadly didn’t qualify for the final as USA’s Tori Bowie crossed the finish line with a winning time of 10.91s and went further to clinch the women’s title in 10.85s.

Okagbare will also be competing in the Long jump with her fellow compatriot Ese Brume on Wednesday 9th August.

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