OKAGBARE DISQUALIFIED FOR LANE INFRINGEMENT IN 200M RACE

OKAGBARE DISQUALIFIED FOR LANE INFRINGEMENT IN 200M RACE

It got from bad to worse for Nigerian sprinter, Blessing Okagbare at the on-going World Athletics Championship in Doha.

As it happened to her at the African Games last month in Morocco when she was disqualified in one of the heats of the 100m race, she was again disqualified in Doha on Monday for lane infringement in the 200m race

Okagbare who would have qualified as one of the fastest time among the losers slowed down with the line in sight and finished fourth in the race won by Niger’s Aminatou Seyni who clocked 22.58secs to hit the semifinal stage.

Okagbare, a 2013 bronze medalist was holding her hammy as she walked from the track.

Being the fifth 200m heat, the Nigerien Seyni, scorched the final 80m, coming from fifth to first and dipping to win in a national record 22.58.

Based on this, the 23-year-old has an outside chance of a medal if she can improve her curve running.

Germany’s Tatjano Pinto was ahead off the bend, continuing her strong running to the line for second in a PB 22.63.

Third home was Gambia’s Gina Bass, in 22.67.

 

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