Blessing Okagbare confirmed that she is the undisputed queen of Nigerian sprints when she retained the 100m title for the third year running.
However, she ran a slow 11.25 seconds leaving spectators wondering what might be eating up the woman with the fastest time in the 200m this year who has run a wind assisted 10. 89 seconds in 100m.
Before the race the athletes were kept waiting on the blocks for sometime, but once the gun boomed they went off in a slow start and it seemed Okagbare who is eying Gloria Alozie’s national and African record, had no desire to go full speed as Gloria Asumun, Peace Uko, Mariam Bassey and Justina Sule failed to provide the required push to have a keenly contested final. Asumun finished second with 11. 47, while junior athlete Uko was third with 11.67 seconds.
The men’s 100m race will be decided today
In other finals concluded yesterday, Sarah Sambawa of Uganda who is chasing world championships qualification jumped 13.88m in the triple jump. Nigerian women Blessing Ibukun 13.57m, Mary Onuoha 12.68m and Mary Honesty 12.44m did not put too much pressure on the reigning African champion.