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Patience Okon George (born 25 November 1991) is a Nigerian sprinter.[2] She competed in the 400 metres event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China[3] and also at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. George is a two-time African Championships bronze medallist in the individual 400 metres event. She is also a three-time Nigerian national champion in the 400 metres.[4]

Patience Okon George
Personal information
NationalityNigerian
Born (1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 27)
Cross River State, Nigeria
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
Sport
CountryNigeria
SportTrack and field
Event(s)400 metres
ClubCross River
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m 50.71 s (2015)

On 2 August 2014, she ran the first leg of the 4 × 400 m relay for the Nigerian team that came second behind the Jamaican quartet at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She also ran in the heats of the 4 × 100 m relay for Nigeria.[5]

Okon George won a bronze medal at the 2014 African Championships in Marrakesh, behind fellow Nigerian, Sade Abugan and Kabange Mupopo of Zambia. She also won a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay with teammates Regina George, Ada Benjamin, and Sade Abugan.[6]

In 2015, Okon George set a new PB of 50.76s in the 400 m at the Resisprint meeting in the Swiss city of La Chaux-de-Fonds.[7] This was her first time under the 51s barrier. At the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, she equalled her PB in the semi-finals of the women's 400 m after posting a time of 50.87 s to qualify third fastest in her heat. Later on in the year at the All Africa Games, she won a silver medal behind Kabange Mupopo in a new personal best of 50.71 s.

She won her second individual African Championships bronze medal in the 400 metres at the 2016 Durban Championships. She placed third behind Mupopo and Margaret Wambui. She also anchored the Nigerian 4 × 400 m quartet (Omolara Omotosho, Regina George, Yinka Ajayi, Patience Okon George) to a silver medal on the last day of the championships. She also successfully defended her national title in 2016 and sealed her spot for the Rio Olympic Games.[8]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Nigeria
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 4 × 100 m relay DQ
6th 4 × 400 m relay 3:27.57
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 5th 4 × 400 m relay 3:31.59
World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 7th 4 × 200 m relay 1:33.71
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:23.41
Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 4th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 44.13
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:24.71
African Championships Marrakech, Morocco 3rd 400 m 51.68
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:28.87
Continental Cup Marrakech, Morocco 3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:25.511
2015 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 10th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:32.16
World Championships Beijing, China 9th (sf) 400 m 50.76
5th 4 × 400 m relay 3:25.11
African Games Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 2nd 400 m 50.71
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:27.12
2016 African Championships Durban, South Africa 3rd 400 m 52.33
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:29.94
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 23rd (sf) 400 m 52.52
2017 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 5th 4 × 200 m relay 1:33.08
7th 4 × 400 m relay 3:32.94
World Championships London, United Kingdom 21st (sf) 400 m 52.60
5th 4 × 400 m relay 3:26.72
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 400 m DQ
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:25.29
African Championships Asaba, Nigeria 5th 400 m 52.34
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:31.17
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan 17th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 45.07
18th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:32.10
African Games Rabat, Morocco 5th 400 m 52.18
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:30.32

1Representing Africa

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rio 2016 bio
  2. ^ "Patience Okon George". IAAF. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  3. ^ Heats results
  4. ^ Eludini, Tunde (17 July 2017). "Ogunlewe, Okon win third national titles at 2017 All-Nigeria Championships –..." AthleticsAfrica. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Athletics, Women's 4x400 m relay final". CGF. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Nigeria's GOLDEN GIRLS win 4x400m Title as curtain falls on 2014 African Champs!". Making of Champions. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Makwala regains African 400m record with 43.72". IAAF. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  8. ^ Maduewesi, Christopher (8 July 2016). "Okon George defends 400m title at Nigerian Olympic Trials". Making of Champions. Retrieved 27 July 2016.

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