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Rio Olympics: Okagbare qualifies for 200m semis

15 August 2016, 16:22Israel Ojoko

Rio - Nigeria sprinter Blessing Okagbare has qualified for the semifinal of the women’s 200m race at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Okagbare finished first in Heat 5 with a time of 22.71s on Monday.

The 27-year-old beat Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith who finished second with a time of 22.77s.

Okagbare will now compete on lane 6 in the semifinal scheduled for Wednesday.

Also read: Nigeria release final list of athletes for Rio Olympics

Other athletes that will jostle for the final spot with Okagbare include Tynia Gaither from Bahamas (lane 1), Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji (lane 2), Dafne Schippers from Netherlands (lane 3), Elaine Thompson of Jamaica (lane 4), and Deajah Stevens of the United States (lane 5).

Others are Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain who will be on lane 7 and Lisa Mayer from Germany on lane 8.

News24 reported that Track and field athlete Blessing Okagbare arrived Team Nigeria games village at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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