World Athletics Champs: Blessing Okagbare Disqualified
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
Nigeria’s chances of a medal in the women’s 200 metres event at the 2019 World Athletics Championship suffered a huge setback as Blessing Okagbare was disqualified despite finishing 4th in Heat 5.
Okagbare stepped on the line through the bend during the race despite having a chance of qualification as one of the best losers with her time of 22.74 seconds.
The Olympic and World Championship medalist has had a controversial outing at the ongoing tournament in Doha. She pulled out of the 100 metres and was subsequently banned for the 200 metres. Then she was reinstated after an appeal.
Aminatou Senyi of Niger won the heat in a time of 22.58 seconds, a national record.