Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria)
LONDON – Former UTEP Miner Blessing Okagbare qualified for the women’s long jump final at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Championships on Wednesday afternoon.
Under rainy conditions, Okagbare notched a second-place finish with a mark of 6.51m (21-3.5). The Nigeria native qualified for her third World Championship final. She garnered a silver medal in 2015.
Heading into the final, Okagbare recorded the eighth-best jump of the 32 competitor field and will look to make another podium appearance on Friday, Aug. 11 at 12:10 p.m. M.T.
Making their first appearance at the World Championships on Friday will be junior Tobi Amusan (Nigeria) and Greta Kerekes (Hungary) in the 100m hurdles. Amusan clocked the seventh-fastest time (12.57) in the world this year when she captured her first NCAA title in the 100m hurdles. Kerekes notched a qualifying time of 13.10 earlier this year.
Both athletes will take the track on at 3:45 a.m. M.T. where the top three athletes from each heat qualify to the semifinal round set to run at 12:05 p.m. Should Amusan and Kerekes earn a spot in the semifinal they will need to finish in the top two of their heat with the next two best times making the final, set for Saturday, Aug. 12 at 1:05 p.m.
The World Championships are being streamed across the NBC family of networks with coverage each day. Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram for live updates.