Okagbare Wins Rabat Diamond League

 Okagbare Wins Rabat Diamond League

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare, on Sunday won the women’s 100m of the IAAF Diamond League in Rabat, Morocco.

Okagbare, the African 200m record holder, pushed her way through the final phase of the race to beat Ivoirian Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who initially led.

But the Nigerian Commonwealth Games gold medallist put up an amazing performance in the final part of the race to breast the tape in 11.05secs, a new personal season best, having earlier ran 11.07secs.

While Ta Lou ran a Season’s Best of 11.09s to finish second, Crystal Emmanuel of Canada emerged third in 11.30secs.

Other athletes who competed in the Diamond League’s final were Orlann Ombissa-Dzangue (France), Dafne Schippers (Netherlands), Gina Lückenkemper (Germany), Vitoria Cristina Rosa (Brazil), Jamile Samuel (Netherlands) and American Mikiah Brisco.

Okagbare participation on Sunday makes it her fourth consecutive trip to Rabat since the IAAF added the Morocco city to the Diamond League circuit in 2016.

In 2016 when she made her first appearance, Okagbare ran 11.11secs to place second behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson.

Last month, Okagbare ran a personal season’s best of 11.07secs to place second behind USA’s 2018 NCAA champion, Aleia Obbs, in Shanghai.

Ayomide Oyewole

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