Okagbare in action at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. Photo Credit: Making of Champions/PaV media

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare will be in action later today in the women’s 100m at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon.

Having competed in the Long Jump on Friday where she finished 4th with a Season’s Best of 6.73m, Okagbare will now race against a stacked field later on Saturday in what will be her third 100m race of the season.

World and Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce will be making her first bow in the 100m this season, and she will no doubt be in the spotlight as attention would be on how well she would perform in the race.

The field also includes former 100m champion Carmeliter Jeter, with Ivorian National holder Murielle Ahouré also in the line-up, as well as other contenders like English Gardener and Tianna Bartoletta.

In Okagbare’s first 100m race of 2016, she finished 2nd with a time of 11.30s and improved on that time last week at the Rabat Diamond League, also finishing 2nd with a time of 11.11s.

Last year at the same circuit, Fraser-Pryce ran a World Lead (WL) to win in 10.81s, with Okagbare finishing 4th in what was a remarkable race that had the first four finishers all running under 10.90s.

With Tori Bowie already setting the mark this season running a WL of 10.80s at the Doha Diamond League, who knows if another athlete could surpass that mark later this evening.

Very proficient in writing and talking about football, but has now found a new love in Athletics. Just a matter of time before I become a master on things pertaining to the tracks. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at NigerianBulletin and Allsports, Christopher is now a Senior Sports writer at Making of Champions.


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