SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 30 – Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare has been disqualified from the ongoing World Athletics Championship
Today’s ECho gathers that Okagbare was disqualified from her 200m heat for stepping on the line on the bend.
Because of a mix-up by her nation’s track federation, the Nigerian sprinter was initially disqualified after she didn’t show up for the 100-meter races that she never intended to run. Only after an appeal and a long wait did Blessing find out she was back in.
But when she got to the race she was disqualified for stepping outside of her lane.
Nigeria’s track federation had entered both her and Divine Oduduru in the 100-meter races, even though neither intended to compete at that distance. When they didn’t show up, IAAF rules called for them to be disqualified from the rest of the meet, including their main events, the 200, and the 4×100 relays.
But after learning more about the mix-up, an IAAF appeals panel reinstated them.
Oduduru advanced out of the first round in the men’s race.