Excitement as Okagbare set to compete at IAAF Diamond League in Doha

Blessing Okagbare says she is set to compete at the International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League which begins on May 5 in Doha.

Okagbare is a World Championships silver medallist and is ranked 18th in the world in 200m.

IAAF said on its website on Wednesday that Okagbare would be competing alongside seven other top 200m sprinters.

According to a provisional entry list made available by IAAF, for the 200m are Joanna Atkins of U.S. with a personal best of 22.27secs, Veronica Campbell-Brown with personal best of 21.74secs.

Simone Facey of Jamaica with a personal best of 22.25secs, Desiree Henry of Great Britain with 22:46 secs and Nigeria’s Okagbare with 22:23secs.

Others are Dafne Schippers of Netherlands with 21:63 secs, Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Cote d’Ivoire with 22:21secs and Elaine Thompson of Jamaica with 21:66secs.

In the men’s 100m event are Ronnie Baker of U.S., Kim Collins of Saints Kitts and Nevis, Andre De Grasse of Canada, U.S. Justin Gatlin, Youssef Meite of Cote d’Ivoire

Others are Femi Ogunode of Qatar, Asafa Powell of Jamaica and Akani Simbine of South Africa.

Other events to be featured are 4x100m girls relay, 4x100m boys relay, shot put women, 100m girls/women, pole vault women, 100m boys/men, 60m boys/men, 800m boys/men.

The rest are High Jump men, 800m regional men, 400m men, Javelin throw men, 1500m men, 800m women, Triple Jump men, 100m hurdles women, 3000m steeplechase, 400m hurdles men and 3000m men.(NAN)

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