Nigerian athletes, Blessing Okagbare, and Grace Nwokocha, have qualified for the semi-final of the women’s 100m at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics Games.
Okagbare finished top in Heat 6 in a time of 11.05 (-0.1) seconds while United Kingdom’s Asha Phillips finished second in 11.31 seconds and Bahamian athlete Tynia Gaither came third in 11.34 seconds.
On her part, home-based athlete Grace Nwokocha finished third with a new Personal Best of 11.00 seconds to qualify for the semi-final.
World no. 1 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the heat with 10.84s with Switzerland’s Ajia Del Fonte placing 2nd with 10.91s.
32-year-old Okagbare is an Olympic and World Championship medallist. She is the women’s Commonwealth Games record holder and current African record holder in the 200m, PUNCH reports.
While Nwokocha qualified for her first semi-final, Okagbare will be running in her third since she made her debut in the event at the 2012 Olympics in London.
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