Birmingham 2022: Ofili beats Covid-19 to run best 200m time as Adeshina, Isah reach HJ final

Team Nigeria’s Favour Ofili produced the best time in the women’s 200 metres heats today to lead the 24 athletes who qualified for the semi-finals of the event at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The 19-year-old, who missed the 100m contest due to a positive Covid-19 test but has now fully recovered, clocked 22.71 seconds to win Heat 4, with Gambia’s Gina Bass coming second in 22.81s and Malawi’s Asimenye Simwaka third in 23.28s.

Remarkably, all the six starters in that heat qualified for the semi-finals, the first three automatically and the last three due to their times.

Ofili’s compatriot, Grace Nwokocha, however failed to advance following a disappointing performance.

Running in Heat 6, Nwokocha, who came fifth in the 100m final last night, finished last among the seven starters in a very slow 25.34s.

Overall, Ofili’s 22.71s was followed by 100m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah’s 22.80s, with Bass having the third-best time.

Nwokocha’s time was ranked 32nd among the times returned by the 36 athletes that competed in the heats.

In women’s high jump also today at the Alexander Stadium, Nigeria’s Temitope Simbiat Adeshina and Esther Isa qualified for the final, both clearing 1.81m, which was also cleared by the 10 other qualifiers.

In the men’s 200m event, Nigeria’s Emmanuel Ojeli, Alaba Akintola and Udodi Onwuzurike all advanced to the semi-finals.

Ojeli finished third in Heat 1 in 21.12s and squeezed through as a non-automatic qualifier, the same as Akintola who came third in Heat 7 in 21.28.

On his part, Onwuzurike qualified automatically after finishing second in Heat 2 in 21.18s.

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