OKAGBARE FLOPS IN WOMEN’S 100M FINAL
Posted: Aug 05, 2012
Blessing Okagbare failed to sparkle when it mattered most, as she crumbled in the women’s 100 metres final at the London 2012 Olympics on Saturday, finishing 11.01 Seconds; her worst performance in recent times.
The Delta State born athlete churned out a disappointing performance, coming last in the race won by Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce who succeesfully defended the crown she won four years ago in Beijing, China, with a time of 10.75 secs.
World Champion Carmelita Jeter of the United States of America was second with a time of 10.76 secs while another Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown finished third with a time of 10.82 secs.
Much was expected from Okagbare after her impressive showing at two Diamond League meetings in London and Monaco prior to the games.
On Friday, she ran a new personal best of 10.93 in one of the 100m heats and improved that record in the semi-final with another new personal best of 10.92 secs.
Her insipid performance in the final put paid to her ambition of becoming the first Nigerian nay African to win a medal in the Olympics 100m event.
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