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Doha 2019: Oduduru, Okagbare reinstated into World Championships

Doha 2019: Oduduru, Okagbare reinstated into World Championships
Written by Maritime First

…As Fraser-Pyrce runs world lead to clinch 100m gold***

Divine Oduduru and Blessing Okagbare have been reinstated into the World Championships in Doha.

Both athletes were disqualified for not showing up in the 100m race after being listed to compete.

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) had entered both athletes for the race, but the duo had not intended to run the distance.

For failing to feature in the event, the IAAF, according to its rules, disqualified both from the 200m and 4×100 relays they had hoped to participate in.

The world body, however, accepted the appeal of the athletes and reinstated them into the championships.

Meanwhile, Oduduru finished fourth in 20.40 seconds in Heat 1 but it was enough to see him qualify to the semi-finals of the 200m event.

The Women’s 200m begins on Monday.

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In the meantime, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pyrce ran a 10.71 seconds to win the world 100 metres title at the 2019 World Championships in Doha on Sunday.

Fraser-Pyrce, who was away in the 2017 edition to have her son, stunned with a 10.80 to become the world’s fastest ever in the heats.

She went on to race an amazing 10.87 in the semi-finals before a 10.71 in the final to seal a fourth world title (2009, 2013, 2015 and 2019).

U.K’s Dina Asher Smith came behind in 10.83 to seal a new British record and her first world senior medal.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou settled for  bronze in 10.90 after clinching silver in the previous edition in 2017, London.

 

 

 

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