Nigerian spurt star Okagbare is the first to test positive for doping and leaves Tokyo Games

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been banned from the Tokyo Olympics. On July 19, she tested positive for a growth hormone during an out-of-competition doping test.

The 32-year-old Okagbare is the first doping sinner at these Games. She won her series of the 100 meters (11.05) on Friday.

Okagbare won bronze as a long jumper at the 2008 Games. Nine years later, it became a silver medal when, after retesting, it turned out that the Russian Tatyana Lebedeva had used banned substances.

Okagbare would also participate in the 200-meter and 4×100-meter relay during the Tokyo Games.

Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare
(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 30, 2021, Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare reacts after winning her race in the women’s 100m heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 30, 2021. – 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 on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD/AFP)

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