Okagbare set a new record in the 100m
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare has stated her intentions to win three gold medals at the ongoing 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games.
The sprinter started out in grand fashion on Monday night winning the women’s 100m with a new Games Record of 10.85secs. Having done that with seeming ease, Okagbare feels she can do that in her two other events: the 200m as well as the 4x100m relays.
“Is it possible that I could be going for a treble gold (100, 200m and relay)? I would say yes,” Okagbare told journalists after Monday’s win at the Hampden Park.
Asked what her best event is, Okagbare said: “I would say the 200m. The 200m is a little easier for me to digest than the 100m. The 100m is so fast and whatever mistake you make it is so difficult to make up for it.
“Everything has been based on the Commonwealth Games for me this year,” she added. “It’s my first Commonwealth Games. I want to enjoy it, I want to have fun, I want to cheer everyone up, but at the same time I want to win a gold medal.”
Nigeria had also won the 100m women’s race at the last edition of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India. The winner then, Damola Osayomi, failed a drug test after the event; a situation that saw Nigeria stripped of the gold medal.