Nigeria’s sprints queen, Blessing Okagbare, hopes to put behind her the disappointment of Monday’s women’s 100m final when she takes to the tracks again on Wednesday in the women’s 200m heats.
Okagbare is Nigeria’s major hope of winning a medal at the ongoing IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China but she faltered to an eighth-place finish in the 100m, which was won by Olympic gold medallist, Jamaica’s Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist will compete in the heat three against six other athletes. She is expected to ease through the heats into the semi-finals given that her personal best of 22.23secs and season best of 22.67secs is second only to USA’s Jeneba Tarmoh, who has both personal and season bests of 22.23secs.
Tarmoh is a London 2012 gold and Moscow 2013 World Championships silver medallist with the USA 4X100m relay team. She has yet to win an individual medal on the world stage since she began competing in the senior category in 2011.
Other strong contestants in the heats are Netherland’s Dafne Schippers, who won the silver medal of the women’s 100m, in the heat six of the event, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson and Veronica Campbell-Brown in the heat four and five respectively. Great Britain’s Margaret Adeoye is also in the race for a semi-final slot in heat five.
Also, Tosin Oke will be competing in the men’s triple jump on Wednesday.
Oke will compete in Group A against world champion, Cuba’s Pedro Pichardo. Pichardo has jumped a personal and season best of 18.08m while Oke has a personal best of 17.23m and a season best of 16.98m.