IAAF World Championships: 3 Nigerians qualify for women’s 400m

(L-R) Nigeria’s Patience Okon George, US athlete Quanera Hayes, Australia’s Morgan Mitchell, Canada’s Carline Muir, Ukraine’s Anastasiia Bryzgina and Britain’s Zoey Clark compete in the heats of the women’s 400m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 6, 2017.

Nigeria’s Yinka Ajayi, Patience Okon-George and Margaret Bamgbose have qualified for Monday’s women’s 400m semi-finals at the ongoing International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in Heat 2 of the race, Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahrain placed first with a time of 50:97secs at the championships that began on Aug. 4 and will end on Aug. 13.

Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann Mcpherson placed second with 51:27secs, while Ajayi came third with 51:58sec to qualify for the semi-finals.

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In Heat 5, lane 2, Okon-George was second with a time of 51:83secs, some seconds behind U.S. Quanera Hayes who clocked 51:43secs, while Zoey Clark of Great Britain came third in 51:88secs.

In Heat 6, Chrisann Gordon of Jamaica came first with 51:14secs, Botswana’s Amantle Montsho was second with 51:37secs and Bamgbose third with 51:57secs.

The two main contenders, Olympic champion Miller-Uibo and world champion Allyson Felix, eased through to the 400m semi-finals.

Salwa Eid Nasser of Bahrain also took the opportunity to notch the quickest time in the heats with a time of 50:57secs.

Nineteen-year-old Nasser won the World U-18 title in 2015.


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