16 June 2017

Nigeria: IAAF Diamond League - Okagbare Fumbles in Oslo

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Blessing Okagbare.

It was another disappointing outing for Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor at the Oslo leg of the IAAF Diamond League held on Thursday as the sprint queen could only manage a seventh-place finish in the Long Jump event entered for.

With her leap of 6.48m, there was very little to cheer for Okagbare who has been quite shaky in her performances in the run to the IAAF World Championships, where she proudly has two medals to her name.

Okagbare will need another try having failed to hit the 6.75m qualification standard in the long jump set for August's 17th IAAF World Championships scheduled for London.

For the Oslo meeting, the reigning World and Olympic champion Tianna Bartoleta proved her mettle as she won the event with her 6.79m fifth round effort, while Russian athlete Klishina Darya (6.75) who competed as an Authorised Neutral Athlete and Germany's Rath Claudia (6.63m) came second and third respectively.

While Okagbare continues in her bid to secure a ticket for the Long Jump event, she is already in for the 100m and 200m events.

Running a time of 11.16 seconds in Hengelo, Holland early this week, Okagabre met and surpassed the 11.26 qualification standard for the 100m event while her 22.87 seconds personal season's best in the 200m was achieved back in April is also more than enough as the standard for the event is 23.10secs

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