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Blessing Okagbare, a Nigerian Athlete, have emerged ‘2nd fastest woman in the world’

Blessing Okagbare, a Nigerian Athlete, have emerged ‘2nd fastest woman in the world’
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Nigerian track and field athlete, Blessing Okagbare has become the second-fastest woman in the world after she finished 10.63 seconds at the national Olympics trials in Lagos.

 

She also broke her own personal record as the fastest African and Nigerian woman ever.

 

The Nigerian queen of the track ended up a millisecond behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on the World Athletics’ log.

 

The 32-year-old, who was running in the country for the first time since 2016, breezed past her competitors at the women’s 100 metres final.

Blessing Okagbare, a Nigerian Athlete, have emerged ‘2nd fastest woman in the world’
Blessing Okagbare, a Nigerian Athlete, have emerged ‘2nd fastest woman in the world’

She finished the race at 10.62 seconds but a +2.7 tailwind forced the time back to 10.63 seconds.

 

 


“I feel like Blessing Okagbare once again. And I just want to go out every time and do my best. I feel happy. I’m really happy that this time came down today. It boosts my confidence. I just hope this same thing happens at the Olympics,” she said after the race.

 

“I’ve been working on everything in general. I hope it clicks where it counts at the big stage. I have to go to the Games and do better than this or reciprocate it. This finish boosts my confidence going to the Games.”

 

Okagbare’s record is, however, subject to ratification by the World Athletics.

 

Rosemary Chukwuma finished second ahead of Grace Nwokocha in third.

 

Meanwhile, in the men’s 100 meters event, Enoch Adegoke became the 12 Nigerian athletes to qualify for Tokyo.

 

He finished a new personal best of 10.00 seconds ahead of Ucheoritshe Itshekiri and Brume Okeoghene.

 

An elated Adegoke said he has longed for the sort of time he finished the race with, pledging that he will improve on his performance and get to the finals in Tokyo.

 

 


“I have to wait for a time like this. It’s been a long time. I’ve been looking for a time like this. Every competition, it’s always on my mind I have to run the competition standard, but then, God’s time is always the best,” he said.

 

“My preparation has been awesome, we went on a training tour in the US and I had some exposure and I came back and followed my coach’s programme. Presently, we are in camp and the most important thing is for me now is that the sports minister adopted me like a month ago and the support had a very good effect on my performance because I had funds to prepare myself. Thinking less about money is very important in the life of an athlete,” Adegoke said.

“My target going to the Olympics is to get to the final and better my time.”

Blessing Okagbare, a Nigerian Athlete, have emerged ‘2nd fastest woman in the world’

If the time had stood, Okagbare would have become the joint-fastest woman alive and the joint-second fastest woman in the world, equalling the time set by Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Kingston, Jamaica June 5.

 

The wind also stopped second-place Rosemary Chukwuma, who ran 11.07secs, from qualifying for the Olympics.

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