By Dare Esan:
For the second consecutive year Nigeria’s women’s 100m record holder Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor failed to qualify for the final of the event at a global sporting showpiece, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Nigerian on Sunday at the Olympic stadium in London ran 11.08 seconds to place fourth in the third semi-final of the 100m event at the on-going IAAF World
Championships and missed out on securing a spot for the final of the event.
The six-time Nigeria 100m champion failed to overcome a sloppy start like Usain Bolt did the previous night and her efforts to close the gap on leaders Torie Bowie of the USA, her African sister and record holder Muriel Ahoure of Cote d’Ivoire and Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye did not yield the desired result.
Okagbare had failed to make the final of the event at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last year, placing third (11.09 seconds) in the third semi-final. That marked the first time since 2011 the Nigerian would fail to race beyond the semis at a global championships or Games.
She also failed to make it four consecutive final appearances in the event after equalling Mary Onyali’s record of three consecutive final appearances (1991,1993,1995) when she finished eighth two years ago in Beijing, China at the 15th edition of the championships.
Okagbare had made the final in her competitive debut at the championships in 2011 in Daegu, South Korea, running11.12 seconds to place fifth to equal Onyali’s
performance at the championships’fourth edition in Stuggart,Germany in 1993.
The reigning Commonwealth Games double sprint champion has however run faster than Onyali in the final, with her 11.02 seconds run in Beijing in 2015 which
fetched her the eighth position the fastest time a Nigerian had run in the final.
With the 100m now out of the way, Okagbare will shift her focus to the long jump event which starts on the evening of Wednesday.
Okagbare won a silver medal in the event four years ago in Moscow, Russia and will fancy her chances of a podium finish in an event she has won medals twice in a global championships/Games.
IAAF Worlds: Okagbare Fails At 100m Semis Again, Set For Long Jump
By Dare Esan: