Nigeria's brightest medal prospect at the London Olympics, Blessing Okagbare, won the 100m event of the Diamond League in Aviva, London Saturday evening. Okagbare won in a time of 11.01secs to finish ahead of the American duo; Carmela Jetter and Tianna Maidson who clocked 11.03 and 11.13seconds respectively. Interestingly, Okagbare ran a faster and a new personal best time of 10.99 secs in the Heats. Recent times Last month in Calabar, Okagbare won the 100m at the All Nigeria Championship for the fourth time in a row and was also voted the most valuable athlete of the Championships. She was however dethroned as Africa's best by Ruddy Zang Milama at the recently concluded African Championships in Port Novo, Republic of Benin. Good Omen With barely 13 days to the commencement of the 2012 Olympics, Adu Uremu, a Lagos based athletics coach described Okagbare's win as heartwarming and a pointer that she would also do well at the Games
"Apart from winning the race, a new personal time of 10.99 seconds is heartwarming, I hope we will see an upward trend at the Olympic Games proper," he said.