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UTEP’s Okagbare Advances to Semifinals in Rio

UTEP track & field great Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) secured a spot in the women’s 200m semifinals after being the front runner in heat five earlier Monday morning at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The sprinter clocked in a time of 22.71, while Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith (22.77) placed second to qualify in front of the Bahamas’ Anthoique Strachan (22.96).

The semifinals will be held tomorrow, with Blessing competing in the first heat (lane 6) at 7 p.m. MT.

Blessing will also compete on the women’s long jump qualifications (6 p.m.) tomorrow before the 200m semifinals race.

Also competing tomorrow, UTEP sophomore Tobi Amusan (Nigeria) will race in the women’s 100m hurdles (round 1) at 8:05 a.m., while Miners’ great Churandy Martina will compete in the men’s 200m (round 1) at 8:50 a.m.

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