African sprint Queen, Blessing Okagbare will ignite her hunger to beat the best on the tracks as she renews her rivalry with Shelley Frazer-Price in the forthcoming Diamond League competition holding in Jamaica on Saturday, May 3rd this year.
Frazer-Price will lead a star studded Jamaican contingent as well as other high profile international athletes to the Jamaican meet.
It portends to be a busy Diamond season as Okagbare, who aims to upset the Jamaican team captain to the London 2012 Olympics in her home country, will proceed from Kingston, Jamaica to Doha on the 9th of May and from there to China 8 days later.
Speaking from her base in the United States of America, Okagbare enthused that she is never afraid of competing with the best but rather see it as a challenge to raise the bar. The African 100 metres record holder stated that, “Jamaica is a country of champions.
Everyone knows about their prowess and their enviable success on the tracks, but I’m determined to compete on the big stage and prove myself.” Adding that, “I believe it is doable (beating Frazer-Price in her native country).”
My records will always get better and so I can only train harder, grow my aspirations and keep my belief aflame.”
Evidently, a good outing at these world athletic championships will go a long way to position Okagbare as the athlete to beat during the Nigerian Trials holding in mid-June where she will defend her titles.
The 25 year old has remained Nigeria’s best export and medal hopeful in recent times especially in 100meters, 200meters, 4x100metres relay, Long Jump and Triple Jump. Posting impressive returns in London and California last year, Okagbare boasts a bouquet of enviable results.
Among these are Olympic Games Bronze medalist, World Championships Silver and Bronze medalist, All-Africa Games Gold and Silver medalist, African Championships Gold and Silver medalist as well as Diamond League Winner.