Blessing Okagbare, of Nigeria races in a women's 200 meter heat at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

The Latest: Blessing Okagbare disqualified in 200 again

September 30, 2019 - 8:19 am

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on the track and field world championships (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

Blessing Okagbare was disqualified from the 200 meters for a second time.

Because of a mix-up by her nation's track federation, the Nigerian sprinter was initially disqualified after she didn't show up for the 100-meter races that she never intended to run. Only after an appeal and a long wait did Blessing find out she was back in.

But when she got to the race she was disqualified for stepping outside of her lane.

Nigeria's track federation had entered both her and Divine Oduduru in the 100-meter races, even though neither intended to compete at that distance. When they didn't show up, IAAF rules called for them to be disqualified from the rest of the meet, including their main events, the 200, and the 4x100 relays.

But after learning more about the mix-up, an IAAF appeals panel reinstated them.

Oduduru advanced out of the first round in the men's race.


5:45 p.m.

Netherlands sprinter Dafne Schippers won't defend her title in the 200 meters at the world championships because of an injury.

Schippers strained an adductor muscle in the semifinal of the 100 on Sunday and didn't race in the final. It wasn't any better after warming up Monday and she didn't start her first-round heat of the 200.

She won the event in 2015 and '17. The 27-year-old also earned an Olympic silver medal in the 200 at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Schippers remains questionable for the 4x100 relay.


3:50 p.m.

Distance-running great Haile Gebrselassie says it was wrong to hold the track and field world championships in Qatar and marathon runners could have died from the heat.

Gebrselassie tells The Associated Press "it was a mistake to conduct the championship in such hot weather in Doha, especially the marathon race. As someone who has been in the sport for many years, I've found it unacceptable."

The women's marathon Friday started at midnight to dodge the worst of the heat in Qatar but was still held in humidity that made it feel like 105 degrees (40 Celsius). Twenty-eight of the 68 women dropped out and one was briefly hospitalized.

Gebrselassie, a two-time Olympic champion who was also president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, says "God forbid, but people could have died running in such weather conditions."


3:00 p.m.

Ajee Wilson of the United States will target gold in the 800 meters on the fourth day of the track world championships Friday, before Norway's Karsten Warholm tries to defend his 400 hurdles title.

Wilson is one of three U.S. women in the 800 final, but they will face tough opposition from Jamaica's Natoya Goule and Kenyan Eunice Sum.

South Africa's Caster Semenya isn't racing because she refuses demands from the IAAF to reduce her natural testosterone levels.

Warholm only made it to the semifinals at the 2016 Olympics, but since then he has racked up the 2017 world gold, 2018 European gold and this year's European indoor and Diamond League titles.

Also Monday, there are medals on offer in the finals of the men's 5,000, the women's 3,000 steeplechase, the men's discus and the women's high jump.


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