Okaghare becomes World’s second fastest woman.

Written by on June 18, 2021

Nigerian track and field athlete, Blessing Okagbare has become the second-fastest woman in the world after she finished 10.63 seconds at the national Olympics trials in Lagos.

She also broke her own personal record as the fastest African and Nigerian woman ever.

The Nigerian queen of the track ended up a millisecond behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on the World Athletics’ log.

The 32-year-old, who was running in the country for the first time since 2016, breezed past her competitors at the women’s 100 metres final.

She finished the race at 10.62 seconds but a +2.7 tailwind forced the time back to 10.63 seconds.

Okagbare’s record is, however, subject to ratification by the World Athletics.

Rosemary Chukwuma finished second ahead of Grace Nwokocha in third.

Meanwhile, in the men’s 100 meters event, Enoch Adegoke became the 12 Nigerian athletes to qualify for Tokyo.

He finished a new personal best of 10.00 seconds ahead of Ucheoritshe Itshekiri and Brume Okeoghene.

An elated Adegoke said he has longed for the sort of time he finished the race with, pledging that he will improve on his performance and get to the finals in Tokyo.


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