By Victor Kanayo
Nigeria’s sprinter Favour Ofili is now in the semi-final of the Women’s 200 meters in the ongoing World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
Ofili who turned pro a few weeks ago in the United States of America University, competed in Heat 1 of the 200 meters and was placed 4th in a race that was won by the Bahama’s Antonique Strachan.
Ofili had to wait for the completion of the other heats to be sure of her qualification to the semi-final of the event.
After the completion of other heats, Ofili was confirmed to have advanced to the women’s 200m semis after securing the first non-automatic spot as her time of 22.66s was the 16th fastest overall.
World record holder Tobi Amusan had on Tuesday raced to the semi-final of the competition finishing as winner at the heat level of the 100m hurdles.
She is slated to run in the semis on Thursday with an eye on defending the title she won last year.
Few weeks before the Championship, Amusan was suspended after she was accused of not showing up for three times as part of required whereabouts protocol.
The suspension was however, lifted about 72 hours to the kick-off of the global competition.
In men’s category, Alaba Akintola booked his place in semifinal after clocking 20.54s to finish 3rd in mens 200m qualifying round at the competition.
The semifinal is billed for Thursday 7:20pm Nigerian Time.