Team Nigeria’s Grace Nwokocha on Monday in Tokyo at the ongoing 2020 Olympic Games advanced to the semi-finals in the women’s 200 metres event.

Nwokocha ran a personal best of 22.47 seconds to finish third in heat 1 of the event to gain one of the automatic tickets to the semi-finals.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou had won the heat with 22.30, while the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo was second with 22.40.

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In the same vein Blessing Oborodudu advanced into the semi-finals in the wrestling 68kg event after a hard-fought 3-2 win against Meerim Zhumanazarova.

Blessing had faced Azerbaijan’s Elis Manolova in the opening round of the tournament. She displayed a dominant performance with a lopsided 13-2 victory that earned her a spot in the quarter-finals

She’s now to face Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova. Her victory here was a lot less straightforward. She took the lead early but had to hold out for a 3-2 win in the end, resisting a come back attempt as she appeared very tired.

In the Semis, Blessing will face Mongolia’s Batteseteng Soronzonbold hoping to get into the final and secure Nigeria’s first medal.

If she’s unsuccessful, she will have the chance to fight for a bronze medal. Blessing  Oborodudu is guarantee a medal already while Grace Nwokocha will be hoping for podium finish.

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