Blessing Okagbare will again take to Brussels for another Diamond League 100m final, having competed at the first leg of the finals in Zurich where she finished 6th in a stacked 200m final with a time of 22.62s.

This time, on September 6 at the Belgian Capital, she would take on another quality field, being welcomed with a Season’s Best (SB) of 11.04s. She earned a win over the 100m on the Diamond League circuit, precisely Rabat, where she ran down a fast starting Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, finishing in 11.05s.

Okagbare also clocked 11.07s in her first 100m of the 2019 Diamond League, finishing 2nd to Aleia Hobbs of the United States, while her last appearance saw her edged to 4th place at the Muller Anniversary Games in London.

She would hope to hold her own against competitors like two-time Olympic 100m Champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who is also the joint World Leader in the event with 10.73s. Reigning European Champion Dina Asher-Smith has also been listed to compete, after she finished 2nd in the Zurich 200m final.

African and Commonwealth Games 100m Hurdles Champion Tobi Amusan also awaits a tough test in Brussels as she would be lining up in the event’s final against the world’s finest athletes.

The Nigerian who recently defended her African Games title and has run the two fastest times of her career in 2019, would face the World Record (WR) holder Kendra Harrison and World No.1 in the event, Danielle Williams of Jamaica.

American athletes, Sharika Nelvis and Christina Clemons are expected to be in the mix, including Germany’s Cindy Roleder.

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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