– Nigeria’s track and field queen Blessing Okagbare breaks 38-year-old longstanding athletics record in Slovakia
– The 32-year-old won the 100m women’s event after running a time of 10.98 seconds earlier this week
– The victory also means that she is getting ready for the Olympic Games billed for this summer in Tokyo
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Blessing Okagbare became the first athlete to complete a 100m race in less than 11 seconds at the P-T-S Meeting staged in, Samorin, Slovak Republic.
The multiple award-winning Nigerian athlete won the women’s event after running at 10.98 seconds – breaking the longstanding 11.09 seconds record set by Czech Republic’s Jarmila Kratochvílova in 1983.
Her victory also means that the 32-year-old has continued to make progress towards her preparations for this summer’s Tokyo Olympic Games.
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Okagbare has been in tremendous form this year having initially under 11 seconds in April at the USTAF invitational in Eugene, Oregon.
And about a month later, she stepped up her performance while recording her personal best time of 10.90 seconds at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar last week.
Meanwhile, Premium Times and Complete Sport report that this is the 21st time the 32-year-old would be finishing her 100m race under 11 seconds – a feat no Nigerian has achieved in history.
Reacting to her recent achievement, the Nigerian 100 and 200m record holder said on her official Facebook Page:
“Thank God for another healthy race/win today.”
The publication reveals that Okagbare first achieved the feat of finishing her 100m race under 11 seconds at the Crystal Palace Aviva London Grand Prix on July 14, 2012, when she ran 10.99 secs.
Why team Nigeria missed out on the World Athletics Relays in Poland
. earlier reported that Team Nigeria will not be participating in the World Athletics relays billed for Poland from May 1 to 2, 2021.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria confirmed the development in their correspondence to media houses on Thursday, April 29.
Factional president of the AFN Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau accused the sports ministry in his statement titled ‘Sports ministry scuttles Nigeria’s World Relays participation’.