Mutua storms women's 400m semis in Birmingham

Sprinters Veronica Mutua (left) and Jacinter Shikanda training ahead of Africa Championships at The Nyayo National stadium on Monday, May 30, 2022. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Veronica Mutua on Wednesday punched her ticket to the semifinals of the women’s 400m at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Despite finishing fourth in her heat, the Africa 400 metres bronze medallist eased through to the semis at a fully packed Alexander Stadium.

Mutua finished fourth in heat two in 53.02 seconds and qualified among the best losers.

Kyra Constantine from Canada won the heat in 52.02 sec to sail through to the semi-finals.

In heat one, 2006 Commonwealth Games 400m champion Christine Ohuruogo from England came first in 52.34 sec as heat three went to Sada Williams from Barbados in 51.66sec.

Ama Pipi from England claimed heat four in 52.58sec as World 800m bronze medallist Mary Moraa from Kenya finished last in 59.51.
Moraa will now turn her focus toward the upcoming 800m final on Saturday.

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