It was not all gloom for Nigeria, yesterday after the no-show by Blessing Okagbare in the Women’s 200metres race.
Yesterday at the ongoing IAAF World Championship in Beijing, China, Nigeria’s Patience Okon George automatically booked her ticket for the Women’s 400metres semi-finals.
Okon George finished third in Heat 5 at a blistering speed of 50.87secs behind Bianca Razor of Romania, who clocked a personal best of 50.37secs, and Shericha Jackson of Jamaica who was second in 50.41secs.
The Nigerian athlete has now been drawn in Lane 8 in the second Heat of the semi-finals billed for today at 12.12pm, Nigerian time.
In a related development, Kenya made history at the world championships yesterday when javelin thrower Julius Yego won the first gold medal in a field event for a country renowned as a cradle of distance running.
The surprising gold, however, came on a day when two Kenyan runners were suspended for testing positive for doping, raising questions about the country’s dominance so far in Beijing. Kenya leads the medals table with six gold and 11 medals overall.

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