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Okagbara tipped to shine in Nigeria

29 July 2013, 14:03

Lagos - Nigeria's Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has tipped the African women's 100m record holder, Blessing Okagbara, for success at the upcoming International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship.

Okagbara is in top form ahead of the event scheduled for next month.

She broke the African women’s 100m record at the London Diamond League event at the weekend.

Okagbara ran a 10.86 second heat that bettered the previous African record of 10.90 held by fellow Nigerian Gloria Alozie.

Okagbare further improved her personal record by running 10.76 in the final, winning the women’s 100m event at the Stratford venue she failed to make a mark at the London Olympics.

Abdullahi said he was impressed by Okagbara's performances and form.

“She has consistently shown by her performances that she has got what it takes to be a world champion.

"It is an impressive performance by any standard, breaking the African record two times within a short period. It shows that she is world class and ranks among the best athletes in the world," Abdullahi said.

“I have no doubt that if she maintains her current form and peaks at the right time she will win the women’s 100m at the World Championship in Russia.”

- CAJ News


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