Blessing Okagbare set to miss Eugene Diamond League race next week
National 7-time champion and IAAF Diamond League athlete with the most appearances, Blessing Okagbare will not be competing at the next leg of the Diamond league series which is slated for May 26-27 in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Okagbare competed at the first leg in Doha where she finished in a disappointing 6th place with a time of 23.15s in a race won by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson in 22.19s. Dafne Schippers was second in 22.45s while Ta Lou Marie-Josse was third in 22.77s but a week before the that, in Lubbock, Texas, Okagbare ran an impressive Season Opener of 22.87s to qualify for the 2017 World Championships in London.
At the Shanghai League, Blessing was missing in the stacked 100m that was won by Elaine Thompson again in 10.78s. The field included the likes of Ta Lou, Tori Bowie, Dafne Schippers amongst other World-Class athletes.
The 2014 Commonwealth double Gold medalist will miss the third Leg as she is not in the provisional list of athletes released by the organizers for the 100m event which include 2013 World Championship Silver medalist, Murielle Ahoure, Ahye Michelle-Lee, Olympic Sprint-Relay Gold medalist, Akinosun Morolake and Bartoletta Tianna.
The 200m will be a star-stunned event as Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson will go against Felix Allyson, Bowie Tori, Miller-Uibo Shaunae, Schippers Dafne, Prandini Jenna, Ta Lou and Lalova-Collio Ivet. Much will be expected from the reigning champion, Elaine as she has won the last two legs of the meet but former Olympic champion, Allyson Felix should not be overlooked as the American might put up a good fight.
Okagbare is also not on the list of athletes for the Long Jump and this is worrisome as Nigerian athletics buffs are unhappy about this. The IAAF World Championships is just a few months away and they expect the 3-time Olympian to be in fine form leading to the Championships.
Okagbare made her debut appearance in the Diamond League circuit in July 2010 when she competed in the 100m and finished 5th at the meet in 11.03s. Ever since then, she hasn’t relented as she has won quite a number of League races and with her greatest achievement of entering the Guinness book of Records for the athlete with the most appearances at the meeting with 38 appearances between July 3, 2010 and September 5, 2014.