Nigeria’s brightest prospect for a medal at the London 2012 Olympics, Blessing Okagbare, has continued to perform credibly in the build-up to Games.
She put up a commendable performance at the IAAF World Challenge in Daegu, South Korea on Wednesday evening.
Ms. Okagbare who was running her second 100m race of the season finished second place in 11.21 seconds behind American, Carmelita Jeter, who sprinted to victory in 11.11 seconds. Aleen Bailey of Jamaica
(11.34) finished in third place.
Ms. Okagbare ran a faster time 11.01 seconds in Doha last Friday during the first leg of the IAAF Diamond league.
Solomon Ogba, President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria tips Ms.
Okagbare for glory at the Olympics. He stated that the Delta state born athlete could actually run the 100m in less than 11 seconds once she finally peaks.
Ms. Okagbare won a bronze medal for Nigeria at the last Olympics in Beijing, China.
At the IAAF World Challenge in Daegu, American Sprinter, Justin Gatlin won the men’s event in 9.93 seconds ahead of compatriot Michael Rodgers
(10.06) and Jamaica’s Jacques Harvey (10.16).
Another world champion who enjoyed a happy return to Daegu games, is Grenada’s Kirani James, he won the men’s 400 metres.
It was however a sad tale for Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson who was disqualified in the women’s 200 meters race. American, LaShauntea Moore, claimed the victory in that race at 22.71 seconds, just ahead of her compatriot ChaRonda Williams.