The 15th IAAF World Championships will begin next week Saturday in Beijing,China with Nigeria bidding to ensure the podium appearance made two years ago courtesy Blessing Okagbare is maintained.
Okagbare returned Nigeria to the podium at the championship to end a 14 year wait and the 17 athletes that will dorn Nigeria's green and white colours including Okagbare have been charged to make an impact.
Today, Completesportsnigeria.com's DARE ESAN takes a look at each of the 17 athletes selected viz-a-viz their appearance and record at the championship as well as their personal bests and season's bests…
BLESSING OKAGBARE- IGHOTEGUONOR
Event(s): 100m,200, 4x100m
DOB:9 OCT 1988
PB:10.79 (100m),22.23 (200m)
SB:10.80 (100m),22.67 (200m)
This will be Blessing's third appearance at the championship after a let injury stopped her debut in Berlin in 2009.She made her debut in Daegu in 2011 and made it to the 100m final where she came fifth in 11.12 seconds.She went a step lower two years later in Moscow,placing sixth in 11.04 seconds.In the long jump she finished 18th on the placing table with her 6.36m leap in 2011 but returned stronger in 2013 to claim a silver medal (6.99m),Nigeria's first by a woman in the event. She also made the podium in the 200m two years ago,winning a bronze medal with 22.32 seconds.
DOB:22 MAY 1985
This will be Gloria's third World Championship.She made her debut in 2011 and ran the first leg in the 4x100m team that placed seventh in the final.The team was anchored by Blessing Okagbare.She was also in Moscow two years ago but couldn't make it past the 100m semi-finals.
DOB:8 MAY 1993
She made her debut two years ago in Moscow and ran the third leg in the 4x100m team that was disqualified in the final after passing the baton outside the takeover zone.
DOB:17 SEP 1996
WC Appearance: Debut
DOB:21 FEB 1995
DOB:17 FEB 1991
Regina will be making her second appearance at the championship in Beijing.In her debut two years ago,she ran as far as the semi-finals,running a new 50.84 seconds personal best.Since then however,her performance has been very ordinary.She ended 2014 with a personal season's best of 51.30 seconds.This on-going
season,her season's best is also 51.30 seconds.
PATIENCE OKON GEORGE
DOB:25 NOV 1991
Currently Nigeria and Africa's fastest woman in the event,Patience is also making a return to the championships after making her debut two years ago in Moscow where she ran the second leg in the 4x400m relay team that placed sixth (3:27.57) in the final.This will however her first time of running the individual full lap race at the Championship.
DOB:7 FEB 1996
DOB:12 OCT 1994
DOB:28 NOV 1992
Etim is making her second appearance in the championships.She was a member of the 4x400m relay team that finished 8th (3:29.82) in the final in Daegu,South Korea in 2011.She ran the third leg.
DOB:10 JUN 1989
PB:12.97 (100m H)
SB:12.97 (100m H)
DOB:6 MAY 1988
This will be Doreen's second appearance at the worls after making history in her debut in Daegu 2011 as the first Nigerian woman to participate in the event.She made it to the final and her 1.93m clearance placed her eight in the final classification.
Event(s): 100m,200, 4x100m
DOB:23 NOV 1987
Uhunoma will be making her debut at the IAAF Worlds in Beijing and will be the first Nigerian athlete to compete in the event.She competed at the 2012 Olympics in London but couldn't complete the events.She holds the national record at 6106 points and her target should be improving on her Nigerian record.
DOB:3 MAR 1990
Amaka is making her second appearance at the championship.She first participated in 2009 in Berlin where she was caught for spicing her system with performance enhancing substances.
DOB:21 JUL 1992
DOB:1 OCT 1980