Blessing Okagbare Smashes 100m Meet in Slovakia

by | Jun 5, 2021

Seven-time Nigerian 100m champion, Blessing Okagbare, dipped within 11 seconds for the third time this season at the P-T-S athletics competition in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Wednesday, 2 June 2021.

Okagbare ran 10.98 seconds to win the race and in the process smash the 11.09 seconds meeting record set in June 1983 by Czech Republic icon, Jarmila Kratochvílová.

She ran her first sub-11 seconds of the season at the USTAF invitational in Eugene, Oregon in April before scorching to a 10.90-second season’s best at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar last week – it is also the 21st time that Okagbare has run under 11 seconds in her career.

The 32-year-old’s impressive performance this season has given Nigerians hope that their sprint queen, for the first time in six years, looks set to make the final of a global 100m event, which the Tokyo Olympics represent and where making history as the first Nigerian – man or woman – to make the podium in the 100m will be the only focus.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Seven-time Nigerian 100m champion, Blessing Okagbare, dipped within 11 seconds for the third time this season at the P-T-S athletics competition in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Wednesday, 2 June 2021. Photo: Blessing Okagbare (Instagram)

 

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