Athletics

Blessing Okagbare sets new African record at AFN Olympic Trials

Blessing Okagbare

Blessing Okagbare has set a new African record at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Olympic Trials in Lagos.

The America-based athlete will be heading to Tokyo Olympics in the best form of her life after running the second-fastest time in the world this season.

The 32-year-old ran 10.63 seconds to win the AFN Olympic Trials at the Sports Complex of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos on Thursday.

The 10.63 seconds time saw her tie with Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s best time in 2021 ahead of the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Okagbare ran 10.99 seconds in the semifinal of the event to set anew championship record , and before clocking 10.63 seconds in the final to set a new record.

The scorching 10.63 time is also a new African record. Only Florence Griffith Joyner who holds the world record at 10.49 seconds has run faster.

The Nigerian has now emerged one of the favourites for the 100m gold at the Tokyo Olympics alongside Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who first ran 10.63 seconds this season.

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