University of Texas in El Paso alumni, Blessing Okagbare set a new African record of 10.79 secs last Saturday at London’s IAAF Diamond League.
Barbara Pierre of the United States (10.85) came in second while Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste ran 10.93 to place third.
Her performance sets the scene for Nigeria’s hope for a medal at next month’s 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. She is thus on the path of becoming the second Nigerian woman after Glory Alozie to win an individual medal at the IAAF flagship championships.
Respected athletics coach, Tony Osheku stated that ‘With Blessing, Nigeria now has a real chance of having our national anthem played’
“She has also received massive support from her state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State and the president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Chief Solomon Ogba.
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