Blessing Okagbare has qualified for the final of the women’s 200m event at the 14th IAAF World Athletic Championship in Moscow.
Blessing finished second in the second semi-final race behind Allyson Felix of the USA with an impressive time of 22.39s.
It was a relatively easy race for Blessing as she along with Allyson Felix pulled far away from the rest of the contestants after rounding the bend
towards the home stretch. It almost appeared like both athletes were training partners as they coasted towards the finishing line with about sixty meters left to run, obviously conserving their energies for the final race tomorrow.
The two athletes were clearly no match for the rest of the group yet their heat recorded the fastest qualifying time out of the three semi-final heats.
Considering the way Okagbare’s pulls out of the starting blocks later but catches up with the rest of the group and overtakes them in most of her 100m races a lot of commentators have opined that she is best suited for the 200m event and she seems to be proving them right.
Other qualifiers were Murielle Ahoure of Cote D’ivore, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, Shuanne Miller of Bahamas, Jeneba Tarmoh of the USA, Mariya Ryemyen of Ukraine and Charonda Williams of the USA.
The final event takes place tomorrow at about 1815hrs Nigerian time.