Okagbare will be hoping to be all smiles when she competes in the women's 100m

Only eleven athletes have been confirmed by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) to have met the qualifying standards to compete at this year’s IAAF World Championships in London.

Although more athletes could attain qualifying marks before the deadline window shuts, they would hope that the forthcoming National trials will afford them the opportunity to do so.

Top on the list of already qualified athletes is Oluwatobiloba Amusan who ran a Personal Best of 12.57s to win the NCAA 100m Hurdles title in June. In fact her time is the 5th fastest in the world this year and puts her in good stead to challenge for a medal.

There are other notable names like Blessing Okagbare who has qualified for both the women’s 100 and 200m, although she could be considering the Long Jump as well if she meets the qualifying mark of 6.75m.

Two other athletes who have rarely competed this year but have booked their places on the Nigerian team are Tosin Oke and Ese Brume. However, they gained a wild card by virtue of being the reigning African champions in both the men’s Triple Jump and the women’s Long Jump respectively.

For all the information concerning the Championships, you can click on the following links to see the list of invited athletes, schedule of events, and the confirmed date for the National trials.

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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