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Okagbare qualifies for 200m semis

Track and field queen Blessing Okagbare has finished top of her heat and qualified for the semifinals of the 200m women’s race event.

Okagbare on Monday finished first in Heat 5 with a time of 22.71s.

The 27-year-old beat Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith who finished second with a time of 22.77s.

Okagbare will now compete on lane 6 in the semifinal scheduled for Wednesday.

Other athletes that will jostle for the final spot with Okagbare include Tynia Gaither from Bahamas (lane 1), Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji (lane 2), Dafne Schippers from Netherlands (lane 3), Elaine Thompson of Jamaica (lane 4), and Deajah Stevens of the United States (lane 5).

Others are Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain who will be on lane 7 and Lisa Mayer from Germany on lane 8.

Okagbare had crashed out in Rio Olympics 100m semi-final, as she placed 3rd in her heat with a time of 11.09s.

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