Nigeria’s medal hopeful, Blessing Okagbare, ended in last place in the final of the women’s 100m on Saturday to further dim the country’s chances of winning a medal at the ongoing London 2012 Olympic Games.
Okagbare, who qualified for the final after clocking a personal best time of 10.92secs in the semi-final, finished woefully in a time of 11.01secs as Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.75) emerged winner.
American Carmelita Jeter was second in 10.78secs while another Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown came third in 10.81secs.
Okagbare’s poor display in the final further cast aspersions on Nigeria’s last minute preparations for the London Games.
Earlier in the day, Gloria Asumnu crashed out of the 100m after she came 5th in a time of 11.21secs in Heat 2 of the semi-finals.
In the women’s 400m, Regina George also performed badly in the sem-finals as she could only manage a time of 51.35secs to place 5th in Heat 2.
The sad tale continued as Omolara Omotosho came 4th in Heat 3 in a disappointing time of 51.41secs.
Another Nigerian medal hopeful in the men’s 400m, Amaechi Morton, was disqualified in the semifinal.
“It’s a sad story for Nigeria but what do you expect after our shoddy preparations for the Olympics? We planned to fail,” former Edo State Sports Commissioner, Brown Ebewele, said.
Source: Punch Newspapers