Nigeria’s Okagbare test positive, out of Olympics

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Nwokocha Okagbare in semi-finals

The big news out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is that former Olympic silver medalist, Blessing Okagbare has tested positive for drugs.

The Nigerian sprinter tested positive for human growth hormone in an out-of-competition test on July 19, the Athletics Integrity Unit said,  prompting a mandatory provisional suspension

Blessing Okagbare finished first in her heat for the women’s 100m on Friday but has now been provisionally suspended just hours before she was due to run in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m at the Olympics.

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 100m semi-final in Tokyo.

Okagbare finished first in her heat for the women’s sprinter event 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 100m, set in Glasgow in 2014.

Okagbare is yet to react to the news.