Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare has been announced as one of the five legendary athletes that will be inducted into the University of Texas El Paso Athletics Hall of Fame for 2017.
The induction of Okagbare and four others has been fixed for October 27 at a ceremony at the Larry K. Durham Sports Center.
Okagbare, who is widely seen as Nigeria’s Queen of the tracks, benefitted a great deal as a student at UTEP.
The Sapele-born sprinter has an Olympic silver medal to her name in the long jump before rewriting the record books with UTEP track and field in 2010.
That season, Okagbare won the NCAA outdoor championship in the 100 meter dash and also took gold in the long jump, becoming the first athlete to accomplish that feat.
In the indoor season, Okagbare took gold in the national championships in the 60-meter dash and long jump.
Away from her successes in the NCAA, Okagbare also took the long jump silver and 200m bronze medals at the IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013
She won gold in the 100m and 200m at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, becoming the fourth woman ever to achieve the feat.
Aside Okagbare, the other quartet to be inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame includes Seth Joyner (Football) who joined the UTEP football team in 1982 as a walk-on and left the team in 1985 as an NFL draft pick.
Also, Cynthia Ruelas is set to become the first volleyball player to be inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame.
The duo of Paul Stankowski (Golf) and Antonio Davis (Basketball) complete the list of awaiting inductees.
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