Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor reacts after winning the women's 100m event at the Diamond League athletics meeting in Shanghai Photo Credit:

At the Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athlétisme de Rabat, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor would be making her third Diamond League appearance in 2019 and a consecutive 4th at the Rabat Diamond League.

The Moulay Abdellah Stadium, which will later host the African Games this season, will welcome a lot of elite athletes who have been at the top their game.

Okagbare-Ighoteguonor who had competed in the 200m (3rd place) at the Doha Diamond League and the 100m (2nd place) at the Shanghai Diamond League, will be looking for her first win of the season after her last race yielded a 3rd place finish in the women’s 200m, a Season’s Best (SB) of 22.58s at the Nanjing World Athletics Challenge.

The African Record holder has maintained a regular presence in Rabat since the city started hosting the Diamond League in 2016. If Okagbare-Ighoteguonor wins her race on Sunday, it will mark her first time of doing so in Rabat.

She goes into the competition as favourite alongside Dafne Schippers who recently clocked an SB of 11.06s over the100m in Hengelo. Marie Josee Ta Lou is also expected to be in the mix while Mikiah Brisco of the United States is also in the lineup.

Nigeria’s top sprint hurdler, Oluwatobiloba Amusan would take to the streets of the beautiful Boston city, hurdling at the best street Track and Field competition worldwide; the Adidas Boost Boston Games.

Amusan, who won her last race at the Memoriál Josefa Odložila Meet in Prague, dropping an SB of 12.71s, would be looking forward to improvements as she faces Christina Clemons and Sharika Nelvis who both fought it out in the women’s 100m Hurdles at the Oslo Diamond League.

With Jamaican Danielle Williams also in the field, it promises to be an exciting contest.

Oluwadare Popoola
Athletics is a special shade of life for me, and my confidence has received a boost since I started out covering the sport from the stands of my home, and now as a Junior Sportswriter with Making of Champions - an opportunity to get better at what I do.


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