As you may know, I am shining a spotlight on the Nigerians who will be representing us at the London 2012 Olympic games. The focus today is on Blessing Okagbare. Blessing Okagbare was born on October 9th, 1988 in Sapele, Delta State in Nigeria. Blessing is a Nigerian long and triple jumper and short sprinter. Blessing is an African record holder and champion in the 100m and long jump. Blessing Okagbare claimed the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the women’s 100m with a time of 10.98.
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In May 2007, at the All-Africa Games trials in Lagos, she established a Nigerian record of 14.13 metres in the triple jump. At the 2007 All-Africa Games she won the silver medal in the long jump and finished fourth in the triple jump. In the latter competition her Nigerian record was beaten by Chinonye Ohadugha, who jumped 14.21 metres. She won a bronze medal in the women’s long jump event at the 2008 Summer Olympics inBeijing.
Okagbare scored a 100 m/long jump double at the NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship for University of Texas at El Paso, completing an undefeated collegiate streak that year. She won the Nigerian 100 m title in 2010, running a time of 11.04 seconds, and stated that she was opting out of the long jump in order to save herself for the upcoming African championships.
African 100m champion, Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria during the 100m heats at the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, Korea.
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