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Nigerian sprinter Okagbare suspended after failing drugs test

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Tokyo (dpa) – Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been provisionally suspended from competing at the Tokyo Games after she tested positive for human growth hormone, the Athletics Integrity Unit said Saturday.

A sample provided on July 19 returned a positive result for the banned substance and the testing laboratory informed the Integrity Unit on Friday.

Okagbare was scheduled to compete in the 100m semi-finals on Saturday evening. She won her heat easily on Friday in 11.05 seconds, finishing ahead of Britain’s Asha Philip and Tynia Gaither from the Bahamas.

She won a silver medal for the long jump at the 2008 Games in Beijing and holds the Commonwealth Games women’s 100m record.

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File Photo Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria reacts after winning the Women 200m during the Athletics IAAF Diamond League – Prefontaine Classic at Stanford, California, USA, 30 June 2019. EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO