NigeriaN duo of Margaret
Bamgbose and Oluwatobiloba
Amusan have qualified for the finals
of the women’s 400m dash and 100m
Hurdles respectively at the ongoing
NCAA Division I Track and Field
Bamgbose continued with her fine
form this season, running the 3rd
fastest time in all 400m heats to make
the final, finishing 2nd in Heat 3 with
a time of 51.69s.
That time is Bamgbose’s 2nd
fastest of the season, and she now
holds two of the three fastest times
by a Nigerian quarter-miler this year,
with Patience Okon George being the
only athlete to have run faster after
clocking 51.06s at the Akure Golden
Meanwhile, Courtney Okolo came
in with the fastest time overall in
all the heats, running 50.48s to take
Heat 2, with Taylor Ellis-Watson 2nd
overall in 51.55s. Another Nigerian
athlete, Florence Uwakwe competed
in Heat 2, finishing 8th with a time of
Amusan on her part competed in
a very stacked Heat 3 of the 100m
Hurdles semis, coming up against
very good athletes.
However, the 2015 African Games
champion dug deep and secured
qualification, finishing 4th in her
heat with a time of 12.98s (+0.9) to
progress to the final. She was able to
do that by securing one of the two
best losers’ spot.
Heat 3 was so competitive that the
first four in the race all qualified for
the final on Saturday. Gunning for
her first NCAA title, Cindy Ofili took
the win with a time of 12.80s (+0.9),
with Pedrya Seymour 2nd in 12.86s
(+0.9), Chanice Chase 3rd in 12.94s
(+0.9), and then Amusan who placed
This is the second time Amusan
will be running under 13s in the
100m Hurdles, and will be happy
to have made the final in her
maiden appearance at the NCAA

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