Jamaica, no doubt, remains the king of athletics and her athletes walk with their noses in front in all international competitions.
With such great names like Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly Ann Fraser, Yohan Blake, Veronica Campbell Brown etc, they deserve all the accolades.
But the table turned Monday when Blessing Okagbare blew away not only the Jamaicans but also the competition with a Games record of 10.85 seconds in the women’s 100 m final.
The atmosphere at Hampden Park was electric as Nigerians and many more countries who were tired of seeing and hearing the Jamaican national anthem at all times joined Nigeria in celebration.
Blessing Okagbare was graceful after beating Veronica Campbell-Brown and Keron Stewart.
Away from the stadium, another rivalry race took place at the prestigious Hilton Hotel which houses all the National Olympics Committees, NOC, bigwigs.
Engineer Sani Ndanusa who has endured many Jamaican domination of Nigerian athletes had the last laugh over his Jamaican counterpart, Dr Warren Blake, President of Jamaica Athletics. Ndanusa teased the Jamaican and told him that Nigeria had taken their pound of flesh.
‘’It’s wonderful. I’m now the President of the fastest woman in the Commonwealth Games. I’ve told my Jamaican friend that the men are coming after Jamaica, too. I’m soaked in victory and that girl is a Blessing to Nigeria”, Sani M Ndanusa, president of Nigeria Olympic committee proudly said.