By Ben Efe
Nigeriaâ€™s track and field sensation, Blessing Okagbare will make no mistake of pursuing the women 100m and long jump gold at the London 2012 Olympics.
Okagbareâ€™s mainstay will be the long jump at the Olympics. As all serious athletes are making their calculations towards London 2012, which is two years away,Â Okagbare is not left out. She has been warming up with good performances in the sprint and long jump. She currently tops the world list in the outdoor season so far with 11.10 seconds in the 100m and 6.88m in the long jump
But her newly acquired status as world leader will not becloud Okagbareâ€™s vision for success at the next Olympics. She declared that her concentration is the long jump, the event that bounced her up to world reckoning at the Beijing 2008 Olympics where she won bronze. In that event Okagbare did not qualify for the final, she got there by default when Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine was thrown out for a doping offence.
However, Okagbare does not want to go through the back door at London 2012. TheÂ good training by coach Bob KitchensÂ so far, has done Okagbare a world of good in her nutrition and work outs that have seen her remain in good form. â€œI am running fast and I have to give God the glory for it. Iâ€™m looking forward to 2012 and my focus will be the long jump,â€ Okagbare said.
In 2009 Okagbare had a bad season, she had a sore knee during the NCAA championships and during training for the World Championships, she pulled a hamstring as officials tried to load her with training.
But this season has started well for her and according to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria president, Solomon Ogba, she has the potential to remain on top, if she is given support.
â€œIt costs a lot to prepare an athlete to win gold at the Olympics. Okagabre has potentials to do just that at the 2012 Olympics,â€Ogba stated.