The Technical Manager of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Yussuf Ali, on Tuesday said that Africa’s queen of the track and field, Blessing Okagbare, will bounce back in the women 200m event which begins on Wednesday at the main bowl of Beijing National Stadium popularly called Bird’s Nest.
Okagbare was tipped by bookmakers and athletic buffs worldwide to gain a medal in the women 100m on Monday, but she failed to climb the podium.
Another chance for Okagbare to make a podium appearance presents itself on Wednesday when heat of the women 200m starts. She will run in Heat 3 from lane 4.
Alli, a former captain of Team Nigeria, said the athletics world was shocked that Okagbare did not pick a medal in the 100m.
“But that is history now, in track and field many things change in a split of seconds, she has put Monday race behind her and she is focused on doing well in the 200m. She has what it takes to win a medal in the event, she won a bronze medal at the Moscow 200m edition of the World Championships. She has being doing well consistently in the 200m, I am positive she will win a medal,’’ said Alli, the national record holder in long jump.
Also, on Wednesday, Tosin Oke will compete in Group A of the men Triple Jump.
Meanwhile, Patience George failed in her effort to make the final of the women 400m as she finished fourth in the heat 2 of the semi-final in 50.76 seconds.
There was also nothing to cheer for Tega Odele who failed to advance to the next round of the men’s 200m as he finished sixth in 20.49 sec.
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