Lagos - Nigerian track and field athlete Blessing Okagbare on
Wednesday failed to show up on track to compete in the 200m Women’s Heat at the
IAAF World Championship in Beijing, China.
Okagbare finished 8th in the 100m, dashing any medal hope in
the category. But optimism was high in other events she was to compete in.
Nigerians were dismayed as her lane 4 was empty. Reasons for
her failure to show up for the race despite appearing on warm-up track earlier,
was not certain.
Also read: Okagbare begins training
There are strong doubt about the possibility of the Nigeria
claiming a medal in the women’s relay; 4x400m and 4x100m.
Okagbare holds the Women's 100 metres Commonwealth Games
record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds. Her 100 m best of 10.79 makes her
the African record holder for the event. She was the African 100 m and long
jump champion in 2010. She has also won medals at the All-Africa Games and the
IAAF Continental Cup.
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