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Commonwealth Games: Okagbare, Weir into athletics finals of 200m

Nigerian Blessing Okagbare kept her bid for a Commonwealth sprint double on course as she advanced to the final of the 200m on Thursday (July 31).

GLASGOW: Nigerian Blessing Okagbare kept her bid for a Commonwealth sprint double on course as she advanced to the final of the 200m on Thursday (July 31). The 25-year-old scorched to a commanding victory in the women's 100m at Hampden Park on Monday, timing a Games record of 10.85 seconds.

She timed 22.43sec in winning her 200m semi-final on Thursday and will line up in the final against Jamaican trio Schillonie Calvert, Anneisha McLaughlin and Samantha Henry-Robinson, English threesome Jodie Williams, Bianca Williams and Anyika Onuora, and Canada's Kimberly Hyacinthe.

Jamaica's world silver medallist Warren Weir, the only sprinter in Glasgow to have clocked a sub-20sec 200m, also cruised through his semi-final to progress into the final of the men's 200m.

In the absence of double world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt, Weir, who also won bronze behind Bolt and Yohan Blake at the 2012 London Olympics, timed 20.48sec to qualify easily.

Also racing in the final will be Weir's teammates Jason Livermore and Rasheed Dwyer, England's Danny Talbot, Mosito Lehata of Lesotho, South African Akani Simbine, Antigua's Daniel Bailey and Canada's Gavin Smellie.

But one to miss was 400m silver medallist Wayde van Niekerk, the South African easing off towards the line, his right leg heavily strapped.

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