Okagbare sets sights on World Championships gold medals

Blessing Okagbare

With barely 200 days to the commencement of the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015, Nigeria sprint star and Africa’s queen of the tracks, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, is already setting high standards for herself.

Okagbare who scooped two medals at the last World Championships in Moscow in 2013 – a bronze in 200m and a silver medal in the long jump event, said she has her eyes on having a better performance in Beijing where incidentally she busted into world reckoning during the 2008 Olympics.

“A gold medal,” Okagbare said in an interview published on the IAAF official website. “A triple, a double, whatever I need to do. It is a World Championships so the aim is a gold medal.”

Okagbare has proved to be the shining light in athletics for Nigeria as the two medals she won in Moscow helped end the medal drought the country endured since 1999.

The past year – 2014 – was indeed glorious for Okagbare who won the 100m and 200m gold at the Commonwealth Games and also nicked a double at the Africa Championships; winning the 100m gold as well as the Sprint Relay.

“To run 10.85 in the 100m final was a great accomplishment for me,” Okagbare said as she relived the memories of 2014. “I had never won a major 100m title before. It was my first Commonwealth Games and it was great that I was able to deliver in the 100m sprint.”

Now married, Okagbare assured that there was no cause for alarm that her new status would affect her performance on the tracks.

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