By Babajide Okeowo
Team Nigeria’s Patience George dropped out of reckoning in the women’s 400 metres event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics losing in the round one heats on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that George, who ran in heat 1 of the event at the Olympic Stadium, placed last with a time of 52.41 seconds.
The 29-year-old Rio 2016 Games semi-finalist, with 52.52, could just not give it as she stayed behind the pack and unable to mount a challenge.
She would now probably be considering giving up on an individual medal in the event, having not been able to run below 51 seconds in the event in the last five years.
Her best in recent times has been the 50.76 she did in Beijing in 2015.
George should now be looking forward to competing successfully in the women’s 4 x 100m relay and 4 x 400m relay.
Meanwhile, American Allyson Felix is on track to become the most decorated female Olympic track and field athlete.
Felix qualified for the women’s 400m semi-finals first in her heat, posting a time of 50.84 seconds.
The 35-year-old is hoping to add to the six gold and three silver medals she already holds from four previous Games.
This was after having qualified for the 400m and being chosen for the American women’s 4x400m relay team.