Blessing Okagbare: Dina Asher-Smith’s rival ruled out of Tokyo Olympics after provisional ban

The Athletics Integrity Unit announced that Okagbare had tested positive for human growth hormone

Ian Parker
Tokyo
Saturday 31 July 2021 07:14
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<p>Blessing Okagbare ran during the heats</p>

Blessing Okagbare ran during the heats

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare is out of the Tokyo Olympics after being handed a provisional doping ban on the day of her 100m semi-final.

The Athletics Integrity Unit announced that Okagbare had “tested positive for human growth hormone” in an out-of-competition test on 19 July.

That resulted in a mandatory suspension, coming on the day that Okagbare was due to race against Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith in their semi-final in Tokyo.

Okagbare finished first in her heat for the women’s 100m on Friday, recording a time of 11.05 seconds to beat Britain’s Asha Philip and Tynia Gaither of the Bahamas.

That put the 32-year-old into a third consecutive Olympic semi-final.

Okagbare, who won Olympic silver in the long jump in Beijing 13 years ago, holds the Commonwealth Games record in the women’s 100 metres, set in Glasgow in 2014.

PA

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