Okagbare Targets Treble Gold!

Okagbare Targets Treble Gold!

New Commonwealth Games 100m champion Blessing Okagbare believes she can achieve a hat-trick of titles at the on-going Games in Glasgow,Scotland.

The Nigerian scorched into a Games-record setting 10.85 seconds to become the second Nigerian to win the 100m title and the 11th woman to emerge champions.


She told newsmen after her feat Monday night that she is ready to win three gold medals.
“Everything this year has been really based on the Commonwealth Games,” said the US-based Nigerian, who confirmed her promise when winning long jump silver and 200-
Metre bronze at the World Championships in Moscow last year.

“This year for me is like an off year but at the same time I wanted to come here and actually put on a good show.

“I am happy that my training led to these Games and everything came out well and to break the Commonwealth record is an amazing feeling.

“Every preparation has been made for the Commonwealth Games. My previous meets were not that fast but I just had to trust that I was going to be ready and everything fell in place.”

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Okagbare added: “This is my first Commonwealth Games and I wanted to go out and first of all have fun but at the same time I wanted to win a gold medal.

“It does take the pressure off a little bit but it doesn’t mean I can sit down and do no more. I just have to keep working hard to keep on top of my fitness and shape in the Games.”

On that note, Okagbare said: “Is it possible that I could be going for a treble gold [100 metres, 200 metres and relay]? I would say yes,” she said at the post race press conference.She has however opted out of the long jump on the advice of her coach,John Smith.

Heats for the 4×100 metres relay are on Friday, with the final on Saturday.

“The 200 metres is a little easier for me to digest,” Okagbare said when asked what her favourite event was.

“The 100 metres is over so fast and any mistake you make is so hard to make up for.”

The Nigerian will be hoping she can keep her form through until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where her versatility could well see her have the chance of becoming one of the stars of the track.

“I’m going to prepare and do my thing and yes I plan to push on and aim for the Olympics,” said the training partner of the US’s 100-metre world champion from 2011,

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