The money-spinning and glamorous IAAF Diamond League will begin in Doha, Qatar on Thursday and one of the top athletes to compete in the oil-rich country is Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare.

This is the sixth time she will be on hand to compete in the Diamond League season-opening race and she hopes to run fast enough ahead of her competitors.

Reigning Olympics double sprints champion, Elaine Thompson of Jamaica and Cote d’Ivoire duo of Marie Jose Ta Lou and Murielle Ahoure who dethroned Okagbare as African 100m record holder are all listed.


Okagbare has already hinted that the Diamond League races are top on her priority list for 2018, little wonder she only competed in the 4x100m Relay event at the last Commonwealth Games.

This will be the third time Okagbare will be competing in the 100m event at the Doha Diamond League.

She first competed in the event in 2012 and placed fourth (11.01 seconds) in the race won by USA’s Allyson Felix (10.92 seconds).

The Nigerian champion returned in 2014 and improved to second (11.18 seconds) behind Jamaica’s Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce (11.13 seconds).

The Nigerian will hope for the first position (eight points) and the accompanying $10,000 prize money this time around.