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Tokyo Olympic Games: Grace Nwokocha seeks historical 100m final spot


Nigeria’s Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha reacts prior to competing in the women’s 100m heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP

A tough tasks awaits Team Nigeria’s Grace Nwokocha as she takes to the tracks in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


The presence of two-time Olympics 100m champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, in her semifinal should be an added motivation for the 20-year-old but will also serve as a big hurdle especially with another potential winner and African record holder in the women’s 100m, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, also running in the heat.

Nwokocha will have to do better than her 11.00s personal and seasons best that secured her a place in the semis if she wants to make the final in her maiden Olympics.

However, the National Sports Festival sprint champion has continued to defy every odd to get to where she is at the moment and she might also come up with the goods in Tokyo.


Queen of the track herself, Blessing Okagbare, will also be targeting a spot in the final when she runs in the semifinal, also on the same day.

The semifinal races will get underway at 11 AM on Saturday with the top two from each of the races progressing to the final alongside the two fastest ‘losers.’

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