Diamond League Final: Okagbare Suffers Big Blow In Zurich
Nigeria’s queen of the tracks, Blessing Okagbare-Ighotegunor on Thursday at the Diamond League final in Zurich missed out on a golden opportunity to be $50,000. Richer
Okagbare was disqualified for a false start in the 100m Women’s event; thus her dreams of a big pay-day went off in smokes.
That was a big letdown for the Commonwealth double sprints queen, who was seeking to finish her season on a bright note the way she started out in March.
Okagbare had raced to the top of the world list with an incredible African record-setting 22.04 seconds run in the 200m in Abilene, Texas, USA.
That nonetheless, three other African sprinters, South Africa’s Carina Horn and Ivory Coast’s Marie La Tou and Murielle Ahoure were in the start list and the race was won by Ahoure who could not make it down for Asaba 2018 due to injury.
Ahoure won in a time of 11.01 seconds, with compatriot Marie-Josee Ta Lou in third and the Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith was second.
With Okagbare failing to deliver, the attention will be shifting to another Nigerian, Tobi Amusan who will be competing on Friday in Brussels.
Though she is the least ranked on the star-studded starting list, Amusan will aim for a good finish in her first ever Diamond League final having enjoyed a blistering season in which she won the Commonwealth and African titles.
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