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Okagbare breaks personal record to win 8th national title

Okagbare breaks personal best record to win 8th national title

Nigeria’s queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare has again shown she is the best Nigerian sprinter at the moment after she stormed to a 10.63 seconds finish to win the women’s 100m title at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Complex in Lagos on Thursday.

The 32 year old Olympics, World and Commonwealth Games medalist who participated in her eighth National 100m race pulled clear of Endurance Ojokolo to become the second most decorated sprinter after Mary Onyali who won 11 titles.

Okagbare’s 10.63 seconds finish is the fastest time ever run in the national championship and the 2014 Commonwealth Games double sprint gold medal winner said she is in great form ahead of the delayed 2020 Olympic Games.

“Since the start of this season, i see myself as very ready,” she said.

“I feel healthy, stronger and like the real Blessing Okagbare again. I am really happy that this time came down today, it will boost my confidence, my faith and trust in God. I just hope this same thing happen at the Olympics.

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“I have been working on everything and I hope it counts at the big stage, that’s the Olympics. I was very disappointed at my last meet when I ran 11.2, I was like this is not me, so when they mentioned the trials, I said I am going to be there, not because I just want to run, but because I really want to compete and run well.

“But above all, I am healthier and when you have good health, the confidence will be there, and I am hoping for the best in Tokyo.

“I have to go to the Olympics, do better than I did or better still replicate it, you might not need to run like this to win the Olympics, at the Games you just want to get to the finishing line.”

Another US-based athlete, Rosemary Chukwuma finished second in 11.07 while National Sports Festival winner, Grace Nwokocha finished third in 11.11 seconds.
Other opening day results saw Fatoyinbo Gbenga and Fadekemi Olude winning the 20km Race Work for both men and women respectively.

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