The Nigerian duo of Favour Ofili and Patience Okon have both qualified for the semifinal of the 400m women’s event at the ongoing World Championships in Doha.
While 17-year-old Ofili secured automatic qualification having finished third in Heat 4 with a new personal best time of 51.51 secs, her compatriot Okon pulled through as one of the fastest losers.
Okon finished in sixth place in Heat 3 with a time of 51.77secs.
UPDATE: #TeamNigeria will have to two representatives in the Women's 400m Semifinals.
Favour Ofili placed third with a time of 51.51s in her heat to qualify automatically while Patience Okon George who placed sixth in her Heat with a time of 51.77s qualified as one of pic.twitter.com/6xQmsCwjDj
After exerting so much energy to get reinstated after initially being disqualified by the IAAF for not participating in 100m, many were happy to see Okagbare on the start list of Heat 7 of the Women’s 200m event on Monday.
Placed in the dreaded Lane 9, Okagbare was adjudged to have stepped outside of her lane and her disappointing fourth-place finish was not reckoned with at all.
It got worse, as Okagbare looked like she has copped an injury, and is now a major doubt for Nigeria’s 4x100m relay.
Okagbare, 30, is the last Nigerian athlete to win a medal at the World Championships in over a decade having won a silver and bronze medal at the 2013 Moscow edition.
Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter: @tundeyeludini