Nigeria’s sprint queen Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor has qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s 100m event at the ongoing 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.
Okagbare came second with a time of 11.22secs in the Heat 3 behind American Tori Bowie with a time of 11.05secs.
The Olympic medalist will tomorrow compete in her third consecutive 100m semis at the World Championships.
In the men’s 400m event, debutant Samson Nathaniel crashed out in the first round as he finished fifth in Heat 6 with a time of 46.63secs. The 20-year-old finished behind Jamaica’s Nathon Allen (1st, 44.91secs), Gil Roberts and Abdalelah Haroun in that order.
Nigeria’s representative Chukwuebuka Enekwechi at the shot put event also crashed out after failing to advance to the final of the men’s shot put, finishing 10th in qualification B and 25th overall in the rankings of the qualification round at his maiden appearance outing with Team Nigeria at the Championships.
In the 800m event, Edose Ibadin did not qualify for the next round as he came sixth in his debut appearance at the championship in a time of 1:46.51.