By Ben Efe
Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor kept her title hopes alive yesterday as she won her heat, with 11.07seconds in the women’s 100m at the IAAF World Champions-hips in Beijing, China.
Though her time was the slowest amongst the big girls gunning for the title, it is a wake up call for the Nigerian hopeful as she heads into the semi-finals and finals billed for today between 12.44pm and 14.35pm. Towie Bowie of the USA and defending champion, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce had a joint best time of 10.88 seconds in the heats. From the look of things, it is going to be a hard race and Okagbare-Ighotegunor has to be at her psychological best to withstanding the pressure.
One of the women to watch out for is Cote’d Iovire’s Marie Jose Ta Lou who had the fastest African time in the heats. She ran 10.95 seconds, while her compatriot Murielle Ahoure finished 11.10 seconds in her heat. Ahoure denied Okagbare a podium performance in Moscow 2013, she also beat the Nigerian sprint queen to the silver in the 200m. South Africa’s Carina Horn with 11.08 is another African in the race.
Nigeria’s Ihunoma Osazuwa is also battling to make her name in the heptathlon event. She ran her personal best in the 800m yesterday a 2.21.36mins. With 5951 points, she is in the 18th position after six events.