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Diamond League: Okagbare Places 4th In Long Jump

Diamond League: Okagbare Places 4th In Long Jump

By Dare ESAN:

Blessing Okagbare placed fourth in the long jump event with a leap of 6.66m Thursday night at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League meeting in Laussane,Switzerland.

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It was the Nigerian’s first competition in the event since she won a silver medal at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow,Russia two years ago.

USA’s world leader in the event at 7.12m,Tianna Bartoletta won with a jump of 6.86m with Britain’s Shara Proctor (6.79m) and Christabel Nettey of Canada (6.68m) coming second and third respectively.

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In the women’s 400m,Reginna George failed to recliam her position as the fifth fastest Nigerian of all time in the event after running a rather disappointing 51.99 seconds to place sixth.

Patience Okon’s 50.76 seconds run last Sunday at La Chaux-de-Fond in Switzerland ensured she supplanted George as the fifth fastest ever Nigerian woman over 400m after Falilat Ogunkoya (49.10),Charity Opara (49.29),Fatimah Yusuf (49.43A) and Olabisi Afolabi (50.30).

George has a 50.84 seconds personal best which she ran at the semi-final stage of the IAAF Worlds in Moscow in 2013 and she is now the sixth fastest Nigerian woman of all time in the event.

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