By Dare Esan:
Nigeria’s triple jump king Tosin Oke is the only bonafide Nigerian confirmed for the opening leg of the money-spinning 2016 IAAF Diamond League meeting on Friday at the Qatar Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.
Oke, finalist in the triple jump event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, will be up against reigning world champion Christian Taylor of the USA and Teddy Tamgho of France, two athletes who have jumped over 18m in their career.
The Nigerian will be hoping for a better result this time around in Doha after finishing sixth last year with his 16.83m effort.
Also confirmed for the meet is Nigeria-born Bahrainian Kemi Adekoya, who will be competing in the 400m hurdles.
Interestingly Adekoya rose to international prominence at the meeting two years ago when she ran a then 54.59 seconds world lead and Bahrain record to win ahead of Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer and Britain’s Elidh Child.
Meanwhile Blessing Okagbare will be missing in action for the second consecutive year after reportedly opting out from the 100m race.
The reigning African champion and record holder (10.79s) last appeared at the Doha meeting in 2014 when she ran 11.18 seconds in the 100m to come second behind reigning world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who won in 11.13 seconds.
Okagbare is however confirmed for the 100m event at the Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athlétisme, the third stage of the Diamond League circuit in Rabat on May 22.