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Ogba backs Okagbare to win gold in 2012

By Ben Efe
Athletics Federation of Nigeria president, Solomon Ogba, said that Nigeria’s track and field sensation, Blessing Okagbare, can win gold at the 2012 Olympics, if she maintains the momentum that has seen her make good jumps at the American collegiate games this season.

•Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria sails a world-leading 6.88m at the Texas Relays.

The University of Texas El Paso senior, set a new long jump record at the Texas Relays at the weekend with jump of 6.88m and later ran a wind assisted 11.10 in the women 100m.

“She can win gold for us at the 2012 Olympics if she continues with the good work she has been doing.
“But we really need to give her all the necessary support just like her school is doing. Do you know that during the last world championships, UTEP sent a doctor to monitor her?

“She is a great athlete and she has potential to win the long jump and the 100m,” Ogba said.
Okagbare is undefeated as a senior in both indoor and outdoor competition this season.

At the recent NCAA indoor championships, she became the first female athlete in UTEP’s illustrious track and field history to win two titles in the same national meet, when she won the long jump and 60m dash.


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