Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru have won their appeal to race in the men and women’s 200m at the World Championships after they were initially disqualified for failing to show up in their respective 100m races.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Okagbare said that track’s governing body, the IAAF, has approved the appeal from the two Nigerians and reinstated them into the meet after a paperwork mix-up led to them being disqualified.
Nigeria’s track federation had entered both runners 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 4×100 relays.
But after learning more about the mix-up, an IAAF appeals panel reinstated them.
Oduduru, the NCAA champion out of Texas Tech, is scheduled to race on Sunday evening. Okagbare is the 2013 bronze medalist at 200 meters, and is scheduled to race in preliminaries on Monday.