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Okagbare Leads Team Nigeria to London 2017 IAAF World Championships

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 11: (L-R) Silver medalist Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Long Jump final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Blessing Okagbare

Star athlete, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and sprint hurdler, Tobiloba Amusan will lead a team of 12 athletes to compete at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London, England, from August 4 to 13.

Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, who will be making her fourth competitive appearance at the IAAF flagship event, will compete in the 100m and long jump events. The six-time Nigeria 100m champion won a long jump silver and a 200m bronze in her second appearance at the championships four years ago in Moscow, Russia.

Amusan, the second fastest Nigerian nay African woman (12.57 seconds) in the sprint hurdles after African record holder, Glory Alozie (12.44 seconds) will be making her debut in the championships, and will compete in the 100m hurdles.

Others listed for the championships are reigning Commonwealth Games long jump queen, Ese Brume, who will be hoping to leap at least two steps higher than her fifth place finish at the 2016 Rio Olympics, another debutante Glory Onome Nathaniel in the 400m hurdles, as well as the quartermile trio of Patience Okon-George, Yinka Ajayi and Margaret Bamgbose.

Okon-George, semi-finalists in the event two years ago in Beijing, China at the 15th edition of the championships, will also lead a 4x400m relay quartet also comprising Ajayi, Bamgbose, Emerald Egwin and Abike Egbeniyi.

For the men, home-boy Samson Nathaniel will be making his debut at the championships and will compete in the 400m while the USA-based duo of Chukwuebuka Enekwachi and Edose Ibadin will also be making their first appearances at the championships.

Enekwachi will be competing in the Shot Put event following his impressive 21.07m throw almost a forthnight ago in Cork, Republic of Ireland, while Edose will compete in the 800m and become in the process the first Nigerian man to compete in the two full laps race in the history of the championships.




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