By Dare Esan In Beijing:
Nigeria’s new 200m sensation, Tega Odele, and national 400m queen, Patience Okon-George, bowed out of the 15th IAAF Worlds here in Beijing in glorious fashion on Tuesday.
Odele, competing in his first global championships, as expected failed to advance to the semi-final in the 200m event but managed to prove that the 20.47 seconds personal best he ran to win his first national title last month in Warri was not a one-off performance.
He ran 20.49 seconds to place sixth which was not good enough for one of the three fastest losers’ spots.
Okon-George did not also bow out in disgrace as she made it to the semis in her first open race at the championships.
She proved her consistency as a sub-51 seconds runner by running 50.87 and 50.76 seconds (equalling her personal best which she set this year) in the first round and the semis respectively.
She was fourth in the half-final and narrowly missed out of the fastest losers’ spot.