Blessing Okagbare breaks 22-year-old record

Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteghonor made a big comeback at the weekend with an impressive 22.04seconds run at the 2018 Wes Kittley Invitational in Texas.

Her feat has erased the 200m women African record held by Mary Onyali-Omagbemi since August 1996.

Okagbare-Ighoteghonor, who spent most of last season nursing an injury after going under the knife, became the undisputed Nigerian fastest woman having the 10.79seconds women 100m national record under her belt.

The athlete will remain in Texas to have a go at the 100m and it remains to be seen if she can also crack the African record held by Ivorian sprinter Murielle Ahoure since 2016.

“We’re extremely glad Okagbare is back to her best form. Certainly we will see what happens at the African championships in Asaba,” said former AFN president, Solomon Ogba yesterday.


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