Five Nigerian athletes were in action on Day 2 of the ongoing 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Making his national senior debut, Nathaniel Ezekiel who was 5th at the World U-20 Championships in 2021, was first up in the men’s 400mH heats where he competed in heat 1. He finished 3rd with a time of 49.64s, good enough to book him an automatic spot in the semifinals tomorrow.

Drawn in heat 2 of the women’s 100m against Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, Grace Nwokocha was no slouch at all, running 11.16s to comfortably advance to the next round of the event, just pipped for the win by the Jamaican who ran 11.15s.

Nigeria’s entrants in the men’s 100m, Favour Ashe and Raymond Ekevwo both had good runs in their different semifinal races. Ashe placed 4th in semifinal three, running 10.12s while Ekevwo who ran in the first semi was 8th in 10.20s.

Meanwhile, the nation’s sole participant on the field today Ruth Usoro jumped 13.93m (1.1) to finish 12th in the qualification pool A of the women’s Triple Jump.

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