Nigerian and African sprint queen Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor was only a hundrendth of a second within her African record when she finished behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the women’s 100 metres at the Paris Diamond League on Saturday.
Okagbare raced home in 10.80 seconds to come a close second behind the Jamaican, who won in 10.74 seconds. American, English Gardner, was third in 10.97 seconds.
Incidentally, Fraser-Pryce also beat Okagbare in Paris two years ago, although the race was even closer than this one. Fraser-Pryse won that 2013 race in 10.92 seconds, while Okagbare did 10.93 seconds.
Okagbare’s African record and her personal best is the 10.79 seconds she set in London in 2013 and Saturd’s time is now her second fastest ever.
Saturday’s sub-11 seconds run was remarkably Okagbare’s career.
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