To book a place in today’s women 100m final of the IAAF World Championships in London, Nigeria’s medal hope Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor must have to dig deep and produce a performance like never before.
Okagbare-Ighoteguonor with a season’s best of 10.99 seconds has been assigned a tough semi-final heat that includes Cote ‘d Ivoire’s duo of Marie Jose Talou and Muriel Ahoure. There is also USA’s Tori Bowie and Trinidad and Tobgo’s Michelle-Lee Ahye to complicate matters for the Nigerian record holder in the event. Talou and Bowie have a season best of 10.90 seconds, while Ahoure has a 10.83 seconds run season’s best. Ahye is the woman to beat in this group with 10.82 seconds season and personal best.
Olympic champion Elaine Thompson will have an easy semi-final heat with a season and personal best of 10.70 seconds. The Jamaican emerging star looks good to top the women in the final billed for later tonight. This is not ruling out others like Kelly-Ann Baptiste with a 10.88 season’s best.
In the other event Nigerians featured yesterday, the results were not so inspiring. In the shot put, Enekwechi Chukwuebuka’s 19.72 throw was not enough to see him in the final. In the men’s 400m Samson Nathaniel making his debut Worlds appearance ran 46.63 in his heat. It was the same for Edosie Ibadin in the men 800m, he clocked 1.46.61 and did not progress to the final.
Yinka Ajayi and Patience Okon-George will be running in the women 400m this morning at 11am.