Nigeria’s medal hopeful, Blessing Okagbare missed out on a berth in the Women’s 100m final on Sunday.
The Moscow double medallist on Day 3 of the IAAF World Championships taking place in London, came short in a very tough field in Heat 2, clocking 11.08s to finish 4th behind Tori Bowie in 1st, Murielle Ahoure 2nd and Michelle Lee-Ahye in 3rd.
It was always going to be difficult for the National champion against the likes of Ahoure and Bowie who have clocked sub 11 seconds on several occasions in the season. Okagbare’s 11.08s was bettered by 11.07s posted by Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly Ann Baptiste who nicked the fastest loser slot into the final.
This is a step backwards from her appearance at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing where she placed 8th due to an hamstring injury.
Okagbare will now shift her focus to the 200m event which begins with the heats on Tuesday.
Late arrival to London didn’t stop Nigeria’s 400m National champion, Patience Okon George along with Yinka Ajayi and Margaret Bamgbose from qualifying from their various 400m heats into the semi finals on Monday.