Okagbare post Season’s Best to win at Istvan as Mozia Stephen sets new National Record in Spain
7 time National champion, Blessing Okagbare who started the 2016 outdoor season with a time of 11.11s has now broken into the 10secs barrier to show her readiness towards the Olympics.
The Commonwealth champion, won the women’s 100m at the 2016 Istvan Gyulai Memorial meet, Budapest in a Stadium’s record of 10.92s. Ivory Coast’s Mari-Josee Ta Lou in 2nd (10.95s) whille Tianna Bartoletta was 3rd (11.02s).
With her time she is now ranked 7th on the World list alongside English Gardner of USA. You would recall that the sprint sensation just two weeks ago won the National trials in a time of 11.02s bettering her 11.09s from the IAAF World Challenge in Madrid. This shows that she is really sharping up for the Olympics.
Nigeria’s Olivia Ekpone finished 7th in the women’s 200m which was won by Veronica Campbell-Brown in 22.52s. Okagbare also competed in the Women’s Long Jump where she finished 5th with a jump of 6.34m.
Meanwhile, as Okagbare made Nigeria proud in the Hungrary today, Stephen Mozia was in Andujar Jaen, Spain over the weekend flying the country’s colours. Mozia threw a distance of 20.82m to win the Men’s Shot Put event at The Andujar Athletics Meet which erases the former record of 20.75m which he set in May, 2016. This is an improvement that could launch him into the final at the Rio Olympic Games. The athlete is currently ranked 18th in the World this year.
The Cornell University graduate also holds the national indoor title with a distance of 21.11m which he set in 2016. He also competes in the Discus event where he has a Personal Best of 62.80m. At the 2016 African Championships, Mozia finished third in both shot put and discuss.
The athletes are also listed for the Olympics in Rio de Janerio, Brazil as they have hit the standards for their different disciplines.
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