IAAF Worlds: Okagbare finishes fourth, disqualified in 200m

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare was disqualified from the women’s 200 metres for a second time on Monday at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Because of a mix-up by the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, the 31-year-old Commonwealth Games 100m champion was initially disqualified after she didn’t show up for the 100m races that she never intended to run. Only after an appeal and a long wait did Okagbare find out she was back in.

But when she got to the race she was disqualified for stepping outside of her lane having finished fourth. 

The AFN had entered both her and Divine Oduduru in the 100m races, even though neither intended to compete at that distance. When they didn’t show up, IAAF rules called for them to be disqualified from the rest of the meet, including their main events, the 200, and the 4×100 relays.

But after learning more about the mix-up, an IAAF appeals panel reinstated them.

Oduduru, who qualified to the semi-finals of the 200m as one of the fastest losers, advanced out of the first round in the men’s race.

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