Rio Olympics 2016: Nigeria hopeful through 100m race

Anulika Menanya, Lagos

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare clocked a time of 11.16s and qualified for the women’s 100m semifinals at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Okagbare finished second in heat 3 behind 2015 world Bronze medallist, Tori Bowie, who won the race in a time of 11.13s, to take one of the two automatic spot.

Nigerian to win a gold medal
Angela Tenorio was third in 11.35s. One of okagbare’s major contenders, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, who is also a two times 100m gold medallist, was the best finisher of the night, posting the best time of 10.96s.

This is Okagbare’s successive 100m semifinal qualification at the Olympics, and is gunning to be the first Nigerian to win a gold medal in the 100m event.

In other races, Nigeria’s Gloria Asumnu finished 5th in heat 2 with a time of 11.55s. Jennifer Madu who is making her first international outing also finished 5th in heat 5, with a time of 11.61s.