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Okagbare Fourth In Birmingham, Set For Diamond League Brussels Final

Okagbare Fourth In Birmingham, Set For Diamond League Brussels Final

Nigeria’s women’s 100m record holder (10.79 seconds) Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor will take the battle for her first win of the season in the blue ribband event in the money-spinning IAAF Diamond League to the final leg in Brussels, Belgium on Friday September 1, following her
fourth-placing display Sunday at the Müller Grand Prix in Birmingham, England on Sunday.
The Nigerian ran 11.22 seconds in the final of the 100m behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson (10.93 seconds), Ta Lou Marie-Josée of Cote d’Ivoire (10.97seconds) and another Jamaican Levy Jura, who ran 11.08 seconds to place third.
The reigning Commonwealth double sprints queen thus garnered five points for her effort to bring her total points haul to 22 to place third in the ranking for the final in Belgium behind Thompson and Ta Lou.
Okagbare will thus battle the duo of Thompson and Ta Lou as well as Ahye Michelle-Lee of Trinidad and Tobago,Dafne Schippers of Holland, Akinosun Morolake of USA, Ahoure Murielle of Cote d’Ivoire and Levy Jura of Jamaica to contend with in the race for the $50,000 top prize.
Aside from the prize money, the Nigerian will also hope to finish the season on a high by recording her first win in the event.She was third in Paris (11.09 seconds), third in London (10.99 seconds), fourth in Rabat (11.03 seconds) and now fourth again in Birmingham. She will as well seek to break 11 seconds for the second time this season after the 10.99 seconds she ran last month in London at the ninth leg of the 14-leg IAAF Diamond League series.
Okagbare failed to make the final of the 100m at the IAAF World Championships concluded in London early this month. That would be the second consecutive year the former African champion will miss the final of the event after failing to reach the final at
the 2016 Rio Olympics.
A final appearance in London would have made her the first Nigerian sprinter to run in the final of the 100m for four consecutive times and would have gone one better than Mary Onyali who ran in the final of the event in 1991,1993 and 1995.

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