Saturday, 27 July 2013

Nigerian breaks record in London

Our own sprinter, Blessing Okagbare today smashed the African 100m Women's record. She came from the back and stormed through to win in 10.86s, setting a new African record at the London Olympic Anniversary Games.
In May 2007, at the All-Africa Games trials in Lagos, she established a Nigerian record of 14.13 metres in the triple jump. At the 2007 All-Africa Games she won the silver medal in the long jump and finished fourth in the triple jump. In the latter competition her Nigerian record was beaten by Chinonye Ohadugha, who jumped 14.21 metres. She won a bronze medal in the women's long jump event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Okagbare scored a 100 m/long jump double at the NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship for University of Texas at El Paso, completing an undefeated collegiate streak that year. She won the Nigerian 100 m title in 2010, running a time of 11.04 seconds, and stated that she was opting out of the long jump in order to save herself for the upcoming African championships.

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