The UTEP track and field team continues to be represented at major competitions, with former athletes Blessing Okagbare and Tobi Amusan both competing for Nigeria at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
The competition is going on from April 4-15.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) welcomes more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, to share in the celebration of sport, entertainment and culture.
The largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade, GC2018 features the largest integrated sports program in Commonwealth Games history, comprising 18 sports and seven para-sports.
Okagbare bore the honor of being the flag-barer for Nigeria during the opening ceremony. During the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she notched two gold medals in the 100m and 200m, along with a silver medal in the 4x100m relay.
The 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist will take the track on April 13 as part of the 4x100m relay team.
Recently, Okagbare set the African 200m record with a time of 22.04 at the Abilene Wes Kittley Invitational on March 24. She took gold at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in the 100m with a time of 10.72 on March 29.
Making first appearance at the Commonwealth Games, Tobi Amusan will compete in the 100m hurdles and will take part in the 4x100m relay team on April 12.
The 2017 All-American started her professional career with a seventh-place finish at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) Indoor World Championships in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.05.
Amusan currently trains at UTEP under assistant coach Lacena Golding-Clarke, who won the gold medal in the 100m hurdles (Jamaica, 12.77) during the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.
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