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Nigeria’s 100m medal hopeful, Grace Nwokocha exit Games

Nigeria’s 100m medal hopeful, Grace Nwokocha exit Games

Team Nigeria’s Grace Nwokocha has crashed out of women’s 100m at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after finishing fifth in heat 3 of women’s 100m semis with a time of 11.07 seconds.

Grace Nwokocha had finished third with a personal best of 11.00 seconds, becoming the fifth-fastest Nigerian woman in history.

Nwokocha was pitched against the legendary Jamaican and current world fastest female sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica in heat 5.

World champion Fraser-Pryce, chasing a third gold medal in the event, surged into the final at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium with a time of 10.73sec, the fastest time of the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Blessing Okagbare who is the reigning Nigerian record holder in both the 100m and 200m finished first in her heat in 11.05 seconds to advance to the semi-final before she was suspended from the Olympics after failing a drug test, the first doping case of the Tokyo games track and field competition, officials on Saturday. 

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