Okagbare wins fifth sprint consecutive title in Calabar

Blessing Okagbare

The sporting event will come to an end on Friday.

Blessing Okagbare on Wednesday won her fifth consecutive 100 metres title in the annual CRS/ All Nigeria Athletics championships as she returned a time of 11.25 seconds.

The victory is historical as no female athlete has achieved same in modern time.

With the record time, she confirms her rating as the new Queen of the Tracks.

Okagbare who holds the pre-championships’ best in the 100m (11.00 seconds), 200m (22.31 seconds) effortlessly exerted her dominance in Tuesday’s final race inside the UJ Esuene Satdium in Calabar.

Coming second behind Okagbare was Gloria Asunmu who finished in a time of 11.47 seconds while home girl, Peace Akor, finished third with a time of 11.67 seconds.

Beside the prize monies up for grabs, qualifying to get a slot in Team Nigeria contingent to the World Championships in Moscow, had brought about a keenly contested competition in the opening day of the 3-day Meet in Calabar.

Already some athletes are cashing on the windfall in Calabar as some of the events have already been decided.

Okoro Patience of Edo State won the javelin women’s final with a distance of 41.87m.

She was followed by Priscilla Zever (Benue) who made a throw of 40.96 metres while Enimuo Chioma Vivian of Anambra State was third with 37.01m.

Also Kefas Williams of the Nigeria Police won the 10,000 metres men event with 31:19.96. Ismail Sadjo (31:21.20) and Goyet Gideon (31: 21.48) came second and third respectively.

The three-day flagship event for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria will end on Friday.


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