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Okagbare Ready for Fraser-Pryce Challenge in Jamaica

Okagbare Ready for Fraser-Pryce Challenge in Jamaica

Posted by Shanelle Weir on April 29, 2014

Reigning Nigeria and Africa's sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare says she is ready to kick-start her outdoor season campaign with an explosive 100m run come Saturday at the second leg of the 14-leg IAAF World Challenge invitational meeting in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Nigerian is up against reigning World and Olympic 100m queen, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pyrce.

Last year Okagbare ran three sub-11 seconds in the 100m with two (10.86 and 10.79, both in London on July 27, 2013) of the times breaking the 10.90 seconds African record held by Glory Alozie.

The five-time Nigeria 100m champions, according to a release by her foundation, the Blessing Okagbare Foundation, is eagerly anticipating another showdown with Fraser-Pyrce.

“Jamaica is a country of champions. Everyone knows about their prowess and their enviable successes on the track, but I’m determined to compete on the big stage and prove myself,'' she said adding that she is in good shape to outrun the pint-sized Jamaican who successfully completed a sprints double victory at the IAAF World Championships last year in Moscow, Russia.

“I believe it is doable (beating Fraser-Pryce in her native country). My records will always get better and so I can only train harder, grow my aspirations and keep my belief aflame.”  

Okagbare won a pair of medals last year at the IAAF Worlds to end Nigeria's 14-year wait for a podium appearance after the duo of Alozie (100m hurdles silver medal) and Francis Obikwelu (200m bronze medal) won in Seville, Spain in 1999 at the seventh edition of the championships.

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