Nigerian sprinter Okagbare fails drug test, out of Olympics

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 31 2021 08:21 AM | Updated as of Jul 31 2021 08:22 AM

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Women's 100m - Round 1 - OLS - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - July 30, 2021. Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria reacts after competing in Heat 6 of Round 1 of the Women's 100m. Aleksandra Szmigiel, Reuters

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been barred from the Olympics after failing a drug test, the first doping case of the Tokyo games track and field competition, officials said Saturday.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said in a statement that Okagbare, who won her opening heat of the women's 100m on Friday, had tested positive for human growth hormone.

The out-of-competition test was conducted on July 19.