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Oke and Amata carry the fight for Team Nigeria


Thursday brought three sports and five events in the chase for the elusive medal.

The day started with Doreen Amata in the high jump.

The high jump qualifying mark was set at Doreen's personal best of 1.96m. She cleared 1.80m with her first attempt but then had a failure at 1.85m which was close to her season's best of 1.86m.

Doreen then took the gamble of jumping at 1.90m which she did in a new season best performance.

The bar was then set at 1.93m, a height Doreen failed thrice to bow out of the competition in 17th place. It was a narrow failure as 1.93m was the height achieved by most of the qualfiers.


Better things were expected in the 68kg Taekwondo class, but Mohammad Abulibdeh of Jordan beat Isah Muhammad 13-1 in just two rounds.The referee was able to stop the contest after two rounds as Isah was 12 points behind.


If that contest was swift it took just 69 seconds for the 72kg Freestyle Wrestling Olympic champion Wang Jiao to beat Amarachi Obiajunwa 5-0 with a victory by fall.

The women's 100 metre relay team of Christy Udoh, Damola Osayomi, Gloria Asumnu and Blessing Okagbare went in heat one. They ran a season best of 42.74 to qualify as one of the two fastest losers. The USA won in fourth fastest time ever and Nigeria will certainly need slicker changes to make any progress in the final.

Tosin Oke might look back on the triple jump final with a tinge of disappointment. Tosin did well to make the cut-off with 16.95m but in a series of six jumps he had four fouls and finished a creditable seventh. The competition was won by Christian Taylor with 17.81m.



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