BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
Nigeria’s Margaret Bambgose on Sunday evening joined compatriots Patience Okon George and Yinka Ajayi in Women’s 400m semi-finals at IAAF World Championship in London.
She ran the best time 51.57 to finish third behind Chrisann Gordon of Jamaica (51.14) and Amantle Montsho of Botwana(51.37) in Heat 6.
George and Ajayi had finished in the same position in Heat 5 and 3, clocking 51.83 and 51.58 respectively.
Meanwhile, the two main contenders, Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo and world champion Allyson Felix, both eased through in second gear, teenager Salwa Eid Nasser took the opportunity to notch the quickest time in the heats.
Nasser, the 19-year-old Bahraini who won the world U18 title in 2015, powered to victory in heat four in 50.57, a national record and a not inconsiderable improvement of 0.21 on her lifetime best.
Phyllis Francis, an Olympic gold medal winner in Rio last year as a member of the US 4x400m team, was runner-up in 50.94, which proved to be the second fastest time in the six heats. Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills, bronze medallist in Osaka 10 years ago, bagged the third automatic qualifying spot in 51.00.
Miller-Uibo set out on her quest for an unprecedented women’s 200m-400m double with the third fastest time of the day. The Bahamian,
, whose dramatic dive won her the Olympic title ahead of Felix in Rio, pulled effortlessly clear of the field in the opening 300m in heat two before easing back down in the closing stages and crossing the line in 50.95.whose dramatic dive won her the Olympic title ahead of Felix in Rio, pulled effortlessly clear of the field in the opening 300m in heat two before easing back down in the closing stages and crossing the line in 50.95.