IAAF Championships: Okagbare Finishes 8th In Women’s Long Jump Final, Amusan, Lindley Crash Out In Semi-Final Hurdles
By Tunji Balogun
Nigeria’s medal disappointment continues at the ongoing IAAF World Championships in London as Blessing Okagbare finished in distance 8th position in the women’s Long Jump event on Friday.
Okagbare, who won a Silver medal in the event four years ago, competed against familiar foes like Brittney Reese, Tianna Bartoletta and Ivana Spanovic. In all her six attempts the best she could leap was 6.55m.
American Reese won gold with 7.02m, Darya Klishina who competed as an Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA), took Silver, while Bartoletta settled for the Bronze medal.
Also in the women’s 100m Hurdles, Nigerian duo of Tobiloba Amusan and Lindsay Lindley failed to advance to the final. Amusan made it into the semifinals after finishing 3rd in a time of 12.97s in the earlier race, but was later placed in fourth position in 13.04s. Christina Manning of the USA and Alina Talay of Belarus were the two athletes to scale the hurdles into the final from Amusan’s heat.
In the same vein, American-born Nigerian sprinter Lindsay Lindley. She (Lindley) had made it into the semis by a hair’s breath, qualifying as one of the fastest losers from Heat 3 where she placed 5th with 13.07s. She however finished in 7th place, clocking a time of 13.18s.
Meanehile, Nigeria will now shift focus to women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams for any hope of winning medal in the ongoing championships.