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Mining for Gold: Martina Finishes Fifth in Final; Okagbare Runs on Friday

UTEP great Churandy Martina finished fifth in the men’s 200m final on Thursday night, while another Miner great Blessing Okagbare and the Nigerian 4x100m relay team qualified Thursday morning for the final at the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.

ChurandyMartinaWEBMartina of the Netherlands clocked a time of 20.13, .01 second behind Great Britain’s Adam Gemili. Jamaican Usain Bolt, by no surprise, claimed the gold medal (19.78), while Canada’s Andre De Grasse (20.02) took the silver medal.

France’s Christophe Lemaitre edged out Gemili to win the bronze with a time of 20.12.

Okagbare and her Nigerian teammates (Gloria Asumnu, Olivia Ekpone & Agnes Osazuwa) will compete in the women’s 4x100m relay final on Friday at 7:15 p.m. MT.

The Nigerians will sprint in lane three, while the United States will take off from lane one and Canada from lane two.

The Nigerian relay team finished second with a time of 42.55 in heat two to earn the qualification. Germany finished first by registering a

Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria)
Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria)

time of 42.18, while Trinidad & Tobago took third (42.62).

The Jamaican sprinters won the first heat with a time of 41.79, followed by Great Britain (41.93), the Ukraine (42.49) and Canada (42.70). The United States, after a bump caused a botched handoff in the second heat, ran a lone third heat, clocking a time of 41.77.

Okagbare last medaled at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, claiming the bronze in the 4x100m relay.

Former, Current Miners continue Quest for Gold in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – From the links to the track lanes in Rio, both former and current UTEP Miners are showing the world exactly what Miner Strong means.

UTEP great Churandy Martina finished second in the men’s 200m semifinal clocking a time of 20.10 and securing a spot in the final dash at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

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The qualifying sprinters will race in the men’s 200m final at 7:30 p.m. MT on Thursday.

Martina of the Netherlands edged USA’s Justin Gatlin by .03 seconds in the third semifinal heat. Alonso Edward (Panama) won the third sprint with a time of 20.07. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (19.78) literally laughed his way past Andre De Grasse of Canada by .02 seconds, while claiming the top time in the second semifinal.

USA’s LaShawn Merritt recorded a time of 19.94 to win the first semifinal.

Martina will make his sprint from lane eight in tomorrow’s final. Bolt will be in lane six, while DeGrasse is in lane four. Merritt will race from lane five.

Current UTEP sophomore Tobi Amusan also competed on Wednesday night, coming up short in the women’s 100m hurdles. Amusan

Tobi Amusan
Tobi Amusan

clocked a time of 12.91 in the second semifinal to finish third behind Canada’s Phylicia George (12.77).

The last Miners to medal came at the 2008 Olympics when Blessing Okagbare (long jump), Osayomi Oludamola (100m relay) and Halimat Ismaila (100m relay) all claimed bronze medals in Beijing

Former UTEP golf standout Gerina Piller shot a two-under-par 69 over the first of four rounds at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Piller is tied for 11th place and within striking distance of the leader, Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who carded a 65.

Gerina (Mendoza) Piller | Photo courtesy |Brian Kanof / UTEP
Gerina (Mendoza) Piller | Photo courtesy |Brian Kanof / UTEP

Piller posted the second-best score among United States competitors behind Lexi Thompson, who is tied for seventh place (68).

Single rounds will be played through Saturday.

A native of Roswell, N.M., Piller played for the Miners from 2003-07.  She put together a banner senior year, winning the Conference USA championship.  She was named the C-USA Player of the Year and first team All-League.

Piller led Conference USA in scoring average that year (72.8) with four tournament titles.  She began her pro career on the Futures Tour before earning full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 2011.

UTEP’s Amusan and Martina Advance to Semifinals at the Rio Olympics

UTEP sophomore Tobi Amusan (Nigeria) and UTEP great Churandy Martina (Netherlands) both advanced to the semifinals in their respective events.

Amuson finished fifth in heat five in the women’s 100m hurdles and Churandy placed second in heat seven in the men’s 200m at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.

Amusan’s time of 12.99 garnered her a spot in the semifinals on Wednesday. The sprinter will race in the second semifinal heat (lane three) at 5:45 p.m. MT at João Havelange Olympic Stadium.

ChurandyMartinaWEBMartina finished .09 seconds behind heat winner Nery Brenes (Costa Rica), who clocked in a time of 20.20 in the men’s 200m.

Churandy secured an automatic spot in the 200m semifinals tomorrow at 7 p.m.Churandy will race in heat three (lane eight) with USA’s Justin Gatlin.

If both Amusan and Martina advance to the finals, the women’s 100m hurdles final is set for a 7:55 p.m.start on Wednesday (Aug. 17), while the men’s 200m final will commence at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Miner great Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) didn’t compete in the women’s long jump, while not qualifying in the women’s 200m on Tuesday night.

Composite Schedule For Amusan and Martina (All Times Mountain)

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Women’s 100m hurdles Semifinals 1-3, 5:45 p.m.-Tobi Amusan

Men’s 200m Semifinals 1-3, 7 p.m.-Churandy Martina

Women’s 100m hurdles Final, 7:55 p.m.-Tobi Amusan

 

Thursday, Aug. 18

Women’s 4x100m Relay Round 1, 8:20 a.m.-Tobi Amusan, Blessing Okagabare (Possible Candidates)

Men’s 4x100m Relay Round 1, 8:40 a.m.-Churandy Martina (Possible Candidate)

Men’s 200m Final, 7:30 p.m.-Churandy Martina

 

Friday, Aug. 19

Women’s 4x100m Relay Final, 7:15 p.m.-Tobi Amusan, Blessing Okagabare (Possible Candidates)

Men’s 4x100m Relay Final, 7:35 p.m. Friday (8/19)-Churandy Martina (Possible Candidate)

 

UTEP Miners Olympic Track Schedule Sorted By Athlete (All Times Mountain)

 

Tobi Amusan (100m hurdles, 4x100m relay candidate)

 

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Women’s 100m hurdles Semifinals 1-3, 5:45 p.m.

Women’s 100m hurdles Final, 7:55 p.m.

 

Thursday, Aug. 18

Women’s 4x100m Relay Round 1, 8:20 a.m.

 

Friday, Aug. 19

Women’s 4x100m Relay Final, 7:15 p.m.

 

Churandy Martina (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay candidate)

 

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Men’s 200m Semifinals 1-3, 7 p.m., Wednesday (8/17)

 

Thursday, Aug. 18

Men’s 200m Final, 7:30 p.m.

Men’s 4x100m Relay Round 1, 8:40 a.m.

 

Friday, Aug. 19

Men’s 4x100m Relay Final, 7:35 p.m.

Miner Track & Field To Be Well Represented At 2016 Olympic Games

The UTEP track and field program will have a strong presence at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, with current Miner Tobi Amusan (Nigeria-100m hurdles) and former Miner greats Churandy Martina (Netherlands-100m and 200m) and Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria-100m, 200m and long jump) set to represent their countries on the world’s biggest stage from Aug. 12-21.

Prior to Rio the rising sophomore Amusan is set to compete at the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Friday.

UTEP's Tobi Amusan during the Women's 200 meter dash during the UTEP Invitational 2016
UTEP’s Tobi Amusan during the Women’s 200 meter dash during the UTEP Invitational 2016

Amusan, the under-20 world leader in 100m hurdles in 2016 looks to be in good standings heading into the prelims. She crossed the line in a wind-aided 12.79 seconds to take second place at the 2016 NCAA Championships onJune 13.

Martina, fresh off becoming the first Dutchman since 1938 to take gold in the 100m at the European Athletic Championships, will be appearing in his fourth Olympic Games.

Netherland’s flag bearer for the opening ceremonies in both 2004 and 2008, Martina will run in the 100m and 200m. Netherlands has also qualified in the 4x100m relay, and he is a good candidate to be a part of that unit.

Martina, who signed a pro contract in July 2006, made his lone year at UTEP memorable. He helped the 400-meter relay squad to a third-place result at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor championships.

As an individual, he took fourth in the 200m dash and sixth in the 100m.

Okagbare, who earned a bronze medal in the long jump at the 2008 Summer Games, is making her third appearance at the Olympics. She is entered to race in the 100m, 200m while also participating in the long jump. Nigeria’s 4x100m relay unit has also punched its ticket to the Olympics, and Okagbare will be in consideration to race with it.

Okagbare enjoyed a decorated career with the Orange and Blue, winning four individual national titles and 14 individual Conference USA crowns. She was also an 11-time American.

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