A hamstring injury prevented Nigerian sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare from competing at the women’s 200m race at the World Athletics Championship in Beijing.

After a disappointing last finish at the finals of the women’s 100m, all hopes of a medal for Blessing in Beijing were hinged on the 200m.

Okagbare, who was listed in the startlist of Heat 3, was however missing for the race. The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has released a statement revealing that she was injured during the pre-race warm-up.

“A hamstring injury during warm up on Wednesday prevented Blessing Okagbare from participating in the heats of the 200m,” the statement read.

“Okagbare, who went for surgery shortly before the All Nigeria Athletics Championships held in Warri, Delta State, was certified fit for the World Championships. The injury probably re-occurred because of rounds she did in the 100m.”

Despite the injury set back, Okagbare is hopeful of being fit for the women’s 4x100m relay taking place on Saturday, August 29.

“After examination of the injury by the medical team, she was advised to rest the leg as running with the injury could aggravate it before her participation in the relays and All-African Games. I can confirm that Blessing will be okay before the relays start.”