GLASGOW (SportingAlert) — Blessing Okabare of Nigeria qualified fastest for the final of the women’s 100m tonight at the Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park.
Okabare, one of the heavy favourites to win the gold medal in the event, recovered from another sluggish start to blast home in a season’s best time of 10.93 seconds, easily dispatching of second place Kerron Stewart, who made the final as well with a time of 11.20, a season’s best.
England’s Bianca Williams was third in the heat in 11.34secs, which was good enough to secure a place in tonight’s deciding event.
Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica was also very impressive when winning her semi-finals heat in a time of 11.02 seconds – after running a strong second half in the race.
Following home the Jamaican was Gloria Asumnu of Nigeria, who took the second spot in a season’s best of 11.25 and progressed to the final, as the race for the podium places heats up.
In the opening semi-finals, heat, meanwhile, Jamaica’s Schillonie Calvert flashed home in 11.08 seconds to matched her season’s best, while England’s Asha Phillip ran home in second place and booked a spot in the final after she posted 11.21.