Great performances by Nigerians at Tokyo Olympics 2020, as Blessing Okagbare, Nwokocha and others qualify to semi-final
Blessing Okagbare, Nwokocha and other athletes who are the edge to qualify to the semi final, as two Nigerins, as successfully qualify to the semi final of the 100 meters race. Blessing Okagbare and Nwokocha.
This is the first time for two Nigerians since 2012, the two Nigerians athletes qualified into the semi-final of the human hundred metre race after with Blessing Okagbare and Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha from their respective heats on Friday in the hosting country, Tokyo, Japan.
Nwokocha had to run a new personal best of 11.00 seconds to secure her qualification to the semis in what is her debut Olympic Games.
The 20-year-old has also moved into fifth in the Nigeria all-time list behind Okagbare (10.79), Glory Alozie (10.90), Mary Onyali (10.97), and Damola Osayomi (10.99.
The Nigerian-based athlete, who ran 11.09s personal best at the time, back in March, to secure her qualification for the Olympics at the MOC Grand Prix in Lagos, will, however, need to make further history by breaking the 11-second barrier to stand a chance of joining Onyali and Okagbare as debutants who ran to the final of the 100m event.
She has been drawn to run from lane nine in the third semifinal heat with the fastest woman alive, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, Daryl Neita of Great Britain, Teahna Daniels of the USA and fellow African, Muriel Ahoure, of the Ivory Coast.
While Nwokocha qualified for her first semifinal, Okagbare will be running in her third since she made her debut in the event at the 2012 Olympics in London.
The 32-year-old ran 11.05 seconds to win her first-round heat.
Although, she finally drawn in the semi-final alongside with two heavyweights events athletes, to defend their championship, as
defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica, who ran 10.82s to win her first-round heat, and Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith.
However, the 200m world champion two years ago in Doha, Qatar, who ran 11.07s to come second in her first-round heat.
In 2008, Beijing Olympic long jump, Nigeria gain a silver medallist, as the medal was achievable at exactly with an active performances adopted by the Nigerian at exactly 11.15 am.