IN the ongoing Commonwealth games, another Nigerian athlete has won Gold medal. Blessing Okagbare, 25-year-old, who ran the fastest time in both Sunday’s heats and Monday’s semi-finals in 11.20secs and 10.93 secs respectively, finished off an emphatic finale with a winning time of 10.85sec- a new Commonwealth Games record and season’s best.
Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart
occupied the silver and bronze steps on the podium in a finish
time of 11.03secs and 11.07secs(SB) respectively with Team
Nigeria’s other qualifier, Gloria Asumnu, taking the last
position in 11.41secs.
“I’m so excited right now!,” an elated Okagbare yelled at the
BBC reporter after the win. “A new season’s best and win.
“I’m happy I was able to put on a show. I executed it and
stayed patient like my coach said I should and after 70 metres
it just fell easy!
There was sure one winner in the race from 70m onward
following the African sprint queen’s fast start and her
composed but full stride.
Runners-up Campbell-Brown failed to get the half-metre she
required to pressurise the champion.
Up next for the World Championships bronze medalist is the
200m and the long jump.
“I still have the 200m and the long jumps and I’m looking to
both of those events,” she added.
Nigeria have won 10 medals- 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze
medals (as at time of report) and are ranked in 10th position in
the medal table .