IAAF Worlds: Nigeria’s 400m trio seeks history, gets tough semis draws

Posted on Aug 7 2017 - 12:37pm by admin

Nigerian trio of patience Okon George,Yinka Ajayi and Margaret Bamgbose will have to set new personal perfect times and presumably run inside of 50 seconds if one or all three of them need to race in Tuesday’s 400m remaining on the on-going 16th IAAF World Championships in London.

The trio made historical past in the first round, after they became the 2d Nigerian trio of quartermilers to qualify for the semi-final of the championships after the feat recorded in 2009 by way of the trio of Folasade Abugan, Sorina Nwachukwu and Amaka Ogoegbunam.

George came second in warmth 5 behind united states of america’s Quanera Hayes in fifty one.83 seconds while the duo of Ajayi and Bamgbose got here third of their respective heats.

Ajayi, making her debut at the championships ran fifty one.58 seconds in a warmth that had the reigning Olympic champion within the adventure, Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo (50.ninety seven), and Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann Mcpherson (fifty one.27) who came first and second respectively.

Bamgbose, a semi-finalist on the Olympics in Rio final year, used to be additionally 0.33 in heat 6 to e book a place in Monday evening’s semi-final.

The trio will make historical past in the event that they make it to the ultimate to turn into the primary time Nigeria will current three athletes within the ultimate.one of the best

Nigeria has produced was when Fatimah Yusuf and Falilat Ogunkoya ran within the closing of the event in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1995.

they’re going to however have to interrupt new grounds to make that a reality. George has been drawn in the first of the three semi-remaining heats and must run sooner than the 50.seventy one seconds private perfect she set two years ago before she will have an opportunity of upsetting the duo of Miller-Uibo and Hayes and decide one of the most two automated qualification slots for the final or hope to qualify as one of the vital two fastest losers after the three semi-finals should have been decided.

the identical magic the duo of Ajayi and Bamgbose would have to function tonight as they were additionally drawn against world classification quarter-milers.

Ajayi will run from lane 8 within the 2d semis and can hope for a miracle of some type to race earlier defending champion, u.s.’s Allyson Felix, the Jamaican duo of Shericka Jackson and ageless Novlene Williams-Mills in addition to 2015 9th IAAF World youth Championships winner, Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain.

Bamgbose on the other hand will fight america’S Phyllis Francis,the only athlete in her heat who has run inside of 50 seconds (forty nine.ninety six seconds) this season, residence lady Zoey Clark, in addition to the African duo of Kabange Mupopo of Zambia and former world champion, Amantle Monthso of Botswana.

only two Nigerians, Falilat Ogunkoya and Fatimah Yusuf have made it to the final of the adventure with the previous’s fourth situation finish in Seville, Spain in 1999 Nigeria’s highest place in the event.

meanwhile, the duo of quarter mile barrier runner, Glory Onome Nathaniel, and triple jumper Tosin Oke will also be in motion Monday.

Nathaniel whose brother Samson didn’t improve beyond the first round of the lads’s 400m will hope to at the least go one step further and

equal Nigeria’s best efficiency within the experience, a semi-closing finish. she is going to run from lane three in heat five of the hole round.

Oke, finalist on the last edition of the championships in Beijing two years ago, has been drawn within the 2d of two qualifying groups and can wish to set as a minimum a brand new personal season’s very best of 17.00m to achieve computerized qualification or hope to be top-of-the-line 12 performers in the two groups to make his 2d straight last in the experience.

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