Moscow 2013: Okagbare loses out on 100m medal
Nigeria’s sprint queen Blessing Okagbare missed out on a much-awaited medal in the women’s 100m at the World Athletics Championship in Moscow after finishing sixth in the final on Monday.
Okagbare, who picked a silver medal for the country in the women’s Long Jump event on Sunday, the country’s first in 14 years, returned in 11.04seconds, way behind Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who picked the gold in 10.71seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Murielle Ahouré picked the silver in 10.93 while USA’s Carmelita Jetter won bronze in 10.94. Another American English Gardner finished fourth in 10.97seconds while Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart was fifth, also in 10.97seconds.
USA duo of Alexandra Anderson and Octavious Freeman finished in 11.10 and 11.16seconds respectively.
Okagbare still has a chance at another medal in the women’s 200m event which begins on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan has congratulated Okagbare for winning a silver medal in the Long Jump event on Sunday.
It was the first time a Nigerian would win a medal in the World Championships since 1999 when Gloria Alozie and Francis Obikwelu won silver and bronze in Hurdles and 200m respectively in Spain.
“I congratulate you for this great honour that you have done for Nigeria. We are proud of you. I wish you luck in your remaining events,” Uduaghan told Blessing in a message he sent to the Nigerian delegation immediately after the race.
Uduaghan reportedly watched the events on television and monitored all of Okagbare’s jumps.
Okagbare is one of the star athletes groomed by the Delta State Government and who are making waves in world athletics.