Blessing Okagbare and Grace Nwokocha, both Nigerian female athletes, have qualified for the women’s 100m semi-finals at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Okagbare, the reigning Nigerian record holder in both the 100m and 200m, won her heat in 11.05 seconds to advance, while Asha Phillips of the United Kingdom finished second in 11.31 seconds and Tynia Gaither of the Bahamas finished third in 11.34 seconds.
Okagbare is making her fourth Olympic appearance and third consecutive semi-final appearance.
Grace Nwokocha now ranks fifth all-time in Nigeria, trailing Okagbare (10.79), Glory Alozie (10.90), Mary Onyali (10.97), and Damola Osayomi (10.99).
To qualify for the semi-finals, the 20-year-old finished third with a new Personal Best of 11.00 seconds. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of the United Kingdom won the heat with a time of 10.84 seconds, while Ajia Del Fonte of Switzerland came in second with a time of 10.91 seconds.
Okagbare, 32, has Olympic and World Championship medals to her name. She holds the women’s Commonwealth Games record and the current African record in the 200m.
While Nwokocha qualified for her first semi-final, Okagbare will be competing in her third since making her Olympic debut in London in 2012.
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