Okagbare improves African women’s 100m record twice in London

Blessing Okagbare set a new Africsan women 100m record twice withing two hours at the IAAF Diamond League in London United Kingdom on Saturday (27 July).

Blessing Okagbare set a new Africsan women 100m record twice withing two hours at the IAAF Diamond League in London United Kingdom on Saturday (27 July).

BLESSING Okagbare of Nigeria improved the African women’s 100m record twice in one afternoon to steal the limelight at the IAAF Diamond League in London on Saturday (27 July).
Okagbare first won her heat in 10.86 (+1.0). That was an improvement on her personal best from 10.92 last year on the very same track during the 100m Olympic semifinal.
The previous African record of 10.90 (+1.4) was set by Nigerian Gloria Alozie in La Laguna, Tenerife in Spain back in 1999. Okagbare’s potential to break the record was evident earlier in the season when she ran a wind assisted 10.75 (+2.2) at the Diamond League in Eugene Oregon (USA) on 01 June.
In the final in London, Okagbare finally got to run a race within the legal wind limit. She got off to a relatively slow starts. Okagbare clawed her way back into contention by midway through the sprint before surging ahead to cross the finish line in 10.79 (+1.1) another Africa record.
“In the final I knew many of the others were fast starters. I was sure I would claw my way back into the race towards the end. I am grateful to God,” says a delighted Okagbare.
Looking ahead she remains optimistic about doing well at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow Russia. Okagbare reckons that in Moscow the pressure is not on her.
“At the world championships the defending champion (American Carmelita Jeter) is always the favorite. All I want to do is go there and do my best. Whatever happens I hope everything turns out good,” says Okagbare.
Earlier on the 2008 Olympic 3000m steeplechase champions Brimin Kiprop Kipruto posted his season best when he led a Kenyan sweep of the top four places. He clocked 8:06.86. Kipruto was followed by Gilbert Kiplangat Kirui (8:06.96), Jairus Kipchoge Birech (8:12.51) and Clement Kemboi Kimutai (8:19.83).
SELECTED RESULTS FROM IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE IN MONACO ON FRIDAY 19 JULY 2013
Note
Results include only those from African countries who completed their race.
PB denotes Person Best
MR denotes Meet Record
NR denotes National Record
DLR denotes Diamond League Record
WL denotes World Leading Time for 2013
WCQA denotes World Athletics Championships A standard qualifier
WCQB denotes World Athletics Championships B Standard qualifier
MEN
800m
4 Job Kinyor (Kenya) 1:44.34 WCQA
One Mile
1 Augustine Kiprono Choge (Kenya) 3:50.01; 2 Ayanleh Souleiman (Djibouti) 3:50.07; 3 James Kiplagat Magut (Kenya) 3:50.93; 4 Daniel Kipchirchir Komen (Kenya) 3:51.28; 6 Mohamed Moustaoui (Morocco) 3:52.42; 11 Collins Cheboi (Kenya) 3:53.48
3000m
4 Tariku Bekele (Ethiopia) 7:43.98; 10 Gideon Gathimba (Kenya) 7:49.75
3000m Steeplechase
1 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto (Kenya) 8:06.86 WCQA; 2 Gilbert Kiplangat Kirui (Kenya) 8:06.96 WCQA; 3 Jairus Kipchoge Birech (Kenya) 8:12.51 WCQA; 4 Clement Kemboi Kimutai (Kenya) 8:19.83 WCQA
WOMEN
100m (+1.1)
1 Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) 10.79 PB/NR/AR/WCQA; 5 Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast) 10.95 WCQA
1500m
1 Mary Kuria (Kenya) 4:08.77 WCQB; 2 Ibissam Lakhouad (Morocco) 4:08.91 WCQB
3000m
11 Irene Chebet Cheptai (Kenya) 8:56.20

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