Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare produced the first sub-11-second 100m run on Slovak soil when winning at the P-T-S Meeting – a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver competition – in Samorin on Wednesday (2).
The Wanda Diamond League Call Room lockdown series continues today (31) at 6pm GMT with its Rabat meeting edition, with special guests Marie-Josée Ta Lou of Ivory Coast, Botswana’s 800m superstar Nijel Amos and Nigerian sprinter/jumper Blessing Okagbare taking the virtual stage on the Diamond League's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
It’s not just the gold medallists who gain valuable experience from competing at the IAAF World U20 Championships. Many athletes who exit the championships in the heats or qualifying rounds go on to become stars of the sport in their senior years.
Blessing Okagbare is among the world’s finest sprinter/long jumpers. The Nigerian took the long jump silver and 200m bronze medals at the IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013 and will be looking to add to her medal collection at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer. She shares some of her first memories on a range of topics.
All the women who won medals in the 100m and 200m at the 2013 IAAF World Championships will take on the current world leader in the 100m at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on 29-30 May, the next leg of the IAAF Diamond League.
“Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I get it wrong,” said Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor when talking about her 100m running.
Both the women’s 100m and the men’s long jump were billed as loaded events in the lead-up to the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai on Sunday (17).
There may have been world records and shock defeats in other events, but the women’s 4x200m was the most dramatic final on the first day of the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015.
The USA has put forward one half of last year’s winning 4x100m team and reinforced it with two athletes who have won multiple medals at global championships.
Three of the four women who led USA to 4x200m victory in Nassau last year will return to the Bahamian capital.