Nigerian athletes, Blessing Okagbare and Grace Nwokocha, have qualified for the semi-final of the women’s 100m at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
This is after Okagbare finished top in Heat 6 in a time of 11.05 (-0.1) seconds ahead of United Kingdom’s Asha Phillips with 11.31 seconds and Bahamian athlete Tynia Gaither came third in 11.34 seconds.
On her part, 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 of Jamaica won the heat with 10.84s with Switzerland’s Ajia Del Fonte placing 2nd with 10.91s.
This is Okagbare’s third consecutive Olympics semi-final and the fourth appearance in the Olympics.
Okagbare is an Olympic and World Championship medallist. She is the women’s Commonwealth Games record holder and current African record holder in 200m.