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Nigeria sprinter, Glory Nathaniel Onome, made her dream run at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, where she clocked a Personal Best of 55.30 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals of the women’s 400m hurdles.

Onome, who was drawn in lane 3 of the fifth and final heat of the first round, put up an the impressive show as she placed third to snatch one of the four automatic slots for the semifinal race.

She joined the ranks of Maria Usifo (1987), Omolade Akinremi (1995), Muizat Ajoke Odumosu (2009 and 2011) and Amaka Ogoegbunam (2009), the only other Nigerians to have ever made it into the semi final of the event at the time.

Having qualified for the semifinals, Onome was looking to replicate her feat in Heat 5, and possibly break into the final round as the first Nigerian to reach the final of the event in the history of the championships.

Sadly, Onome’s goals were met with great misery when she was disqualified from the women’s 400m hurdles after finishing 5th.

In the 100m event, Blessing Okagbare failed to make it to the final, while Margaret Bamgbose, Patience Okon-George and Yinka Ajayi all crashed out of the women’s 400m semifinal.

The men had no luck either as Tosin Oke (triple jump), Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (shot put), Samson Nathaniel (400m) and Edose Ibadin (800m) also failed to advance from the preliminary stages of the men’s events.

Source: CompletSport

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This article was first published on 1st May 2019


Achem Samuel is a writer and a musician, he is passionate about God and also an ardent fan of tech, sports and music.

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