IAAF Diamond League: Okagbare to compete in Zurich

Blessing Okagbare

Blessing Okagbare has been listed as one of the top stars to compete in Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League taking place in Zurich, Switzerland.

The meet in Zurich is the penultimate leg of this season’s Diamond League which has so far taken place across 12 cities across the world.

Okagbare was conspicuously missing in the last two meets in Stockholm and Birmingham.

She has been listed for the 100m women’s event alongside Ivorian sprinter, Ahoure Mourille, and Stewart Keron of Jamaica amongst others.

American athlete, Bowie Tori, holds an unassailable lead in the women’s 100m event where she has so far amassed 12 points; having won her races in Rome, New York and Monaco.

Unfortunately, Okagbare is down the ladder with just two points secured after finishing second at the first leg of the Diamond League in Doha.

The double gold medallist at the last Commonwealth Games, however, still stands a chance in her preferred 200m events where she is second in the standings behind Felix Allyson.

Okagbare currently has 11 points while Allyson is on 13, victory for the African and Commonwealth fastest woman in the last leg of the Diamond League billed for Brussels, Belgium may see her upstaging her America rivals and cart away the top prize in the 200m events.

In Zurich, two athletes – discus thrower Sandra Perkovic and 400m runner LaShawn Merritt – need only to line up for their events to secure their Diamond Race victories.

But the Diamond Race for 14 other disciplines in Zurich is still undecided, so a victory in the Swiss city will take on extra significance.

The final leg of the Diamond League is fixed for September 5, 2014

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