After failing to make the 100m final at the last World Championships in London, many expected Okagbare to step up in Birmingham
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare could only manage a fourth place finish in the penultimate leg of the IAAF Diamond League held in Birmingham over the weekend.
After failing to make the 100m final at the last World Championships in London, many expected Okagbare to step up in Birmingham.
However, the Nigeria women’s 100m record holder (10.79 seconds) was yet again blown aside by her rivals.
Okagbare ran 11.22 seconds in the final of the 100m behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson (10.93 seconds), Ta Lou Marie-Josée of Cote d’Ivoire (10.97seconds) and another Jamaican Levy Jura, who ran 11.08 seconds to place third.
The reigning Commonwealth double sprints queen thus garnered five points for her effort to bring her total points haul to 22 to place third in the ranking for the final in Belgium behind Thompson and Ta Lou.
After the not so impressive mark in Birmingham, Okagbare will now hope to finish the season on a high by recording her first win in the event at the last leg of the Diamond League in Brussels, Belgium.
She was third in Paris (11.09 seconds), third in London (10.99 seconds), fourth in Rabat (11.03 seconds) and now fourth again in Birmingham.