Morocco 2014: Okagbare wins Nigeria’s first gold medal

Blessing Okagbare

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, Monday night, confirmed her rating as Africa’s fastest woman as she finished tops in grand style in the women’s 100m event at the ongoing 19th Edition of the African Athletic Championships in Marrakech, Morocco.

Okagbare, who recently clinched the sprint double at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, set a new Championship record of 11.00secs to secure Nigeria’s first gold medal at the flagship African athletics competition.

Okagbare’s Ivorian rival, Murielle Ahoure, finished in second place with a time of 11.03 secs while the other two Nigerian athletes in the finals Gloria Asunmu and Lawretta Ozoh were unable to make it to the podium finishing 4th and 7th respectively.

Speaking with journalists after another record making outing, Okagbare said she had to go extra mile for the win.

“I am very happy to have won the title because I just wanted to win for my fans and do my country proud,” Okagbare said.

“Just coming straight from the Commonwealth Games, my body is tired, but my coach told me to just focus and execute the race, which was what I did. Of course the competition was stiffer at the Commonwealth Games, but that is not to take anything away from Murielle Ahoure.

“She is a great athlete. It was good that we had three Nigerians in the final but this is Africa. I am hoping that we can have this kind of representation on a bigger platform, like the World Championships and the Olympics.

Unfortunately, Nigeria was not able to repeat the winning feat in the men’s 100m event as Mark Jelks settled for second position behind, Ivorian Wilfred Koffi Hua who won in a time of 10.05secs

Jelks won the silver finishing with a time of 10.07secs, while Edward Monzavous, another Nigerian, settled for bronze.

Another Nigerian, Ogho-Oghene Egwero, could only manage a 5thplace finish after posting a time of 10.28secs in the thrilling finals for men.


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  • El_Komo

    Nigeria’s Golden girl!!!

  • concerned9ja

    As usual for Victoria good pontification in terms of theories but no clue to practical approach. I wish to point out that many of us are supporting Buhari because Jonathan does not believe that corruption is the behemoth facing whatever development plans we might put forward. We area aware that Buhari is never a saint and he would never be an angel, but this Jonathan of a man has demonstrated that he is a weakling. He is not ready to admit the bogey of corruption in the life of the country while at the same time he surrounded himself with corrupt men, drug barons, convicted and greedy officials. Many of the OBJ critics, including you believe that the general never did nothing, but you would agree with me that he fought corruption frontally and he picked some of the best of the country. Victoria, the problem with our country is not lack of development plans and blue-print, but the will to implement them.
    Take the banking sector for instance, our BOFIA is like a zerox of the banking laws in Britain, yet we cannot operate robust banking like it is done where you are pursuing your post-graduate studies. College and averagely educated run the banks in UK and the system runs smoothly, but in my country, professors and Phd holders are running our banks to the ground every time. The difference is in the implementation of the rules and laws and nothing more. Jonathan has had six years of rubbish while Buhari had done it before with applause. This is why down-trodden Nigerians are rooting for Buhari. No amount of blackmail or veiled criticisms can change the minds of Nigerians. We have had enough of this ‘no-corruption-in-Nigeria- president

    • root

      well said.

  • Tj

    Your conclusion from the start was not balanced. How could you ask if Buha

  • Patriotic Citizen

    Oheari you are here again.YOU ARE SIMPLY GORMLESS!!!You always analyze without suggesting any viable solution. Just like I said in one of your earlier write-up kindly come out and tell the world that you want JONATHAN to continue. Meanwhile,concentrate on your studies please because the money Jonathan is giving you is making you to think upside down.#Thrash.

    • Colonel MH Mariama(rtd)

      Why don’t you learn how to write something readable?
      I had to strain my eyes a great deal to peruse your psychobabble and then ended up with a headache trying to make sense of this nonsense.

      • Patriotic Citizen

        Now you succeeded in selling your PEACE you piece of SHIT. You hopeless clown, are you not ashamed to be shown the way out as a colonel?This your sudden and unrealistic loyalty will not take you to anywhere because you are looking for appointment under Jonathan administration. I have no doubt, your inability to differentiate between your job and selfish interest is what made the army to fast forward throwing you into the thrash bin.You stinking DUDE, smelling Nigga and an unidentified alien!!!