By Dare Esan In Beijing:
Reinging African queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare, has lashed out at those who insinuated she must have been caught for doping following her no-show in Wednesday’s first round heats of the women’s 200m.
Okagbare was expected to save her season with a strong showing in the half-lap race after she incredibly failed to make the podium in the 100m, coming in last place in 11.02 seconds.
The double Commonwealth Games champion took to her Facebook wall on Thursday to thank those who supported her in her moment of trial, as it were, and lampooned those, especially journalists, who insinuated she must have been doping.
“I really want to thank and appreciate my family, friends and true fans for all the love, support, calls, messages and emails from you guys . You have all made the worst three days of my career the best ever. From the bottom of my heart, I am extremely grateful,” wrote the African record holder in the 100m at 10.79 seconds but she has very harsh words for those who wished her otherwise.
“As for the snakes blowing the trumpet and wishing I have tested positive on drugs, keep wishing on your own downfall,” she further wrote unedited.
“I am self motivated, confident and work hard which I am extremely proud of and I owe no one any explanation, win or lose.
“Not everyone who opens their mouth to talk or write with a pen in the name of journalism have their sanity intact snd they know themselves.”
Okagbare is expected to return to action on Saturday to spearhead Nigeria’s quest for a 4x100m relay medal.
Yusuf Ali, one of Team Nigeria coaches here, told Completesportsnigeria.com Okagbare has a minor leg injury and not the harmstring injury that was put there for the public.
“She will be okay for the 400m relays.In fact we have sent to her to the IAAF medical team to assess her and clear her for the relays because any athlete with a no show in an event risks having a premature end to his or her championships if there is no genuine reason to explain his or her action.
“Tell Nigerians Blessing will be ready for the semi-final,” said Ali who was a long jump finalist at the first two editions of the championships in 1983 and 1987