Reigning Nigeria,Africa and Commonwealth 100m queen,Blessing Okagbare overcame a sloppy start to salvage a third placed finish last night at the Weltklasse meeting,the penultimate leg of the IAAF Diamond League meetings in Zurich,Switzerland.
The Nigerian ran 11.06 seconds behind the duo of Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown (11.04) and Cote D’Ivoire’s Muriel Ahoure (11.04) who came first and second respectively in a tight,photo-finish.
Campbell-Brown has emerged the IAAF Diamond race winner with 10 points followed by Ahoure and another Jamaican,Kerron Stewart with seven points each while Okagbare is fourth with four points.
Okagbare will however have a chance to become a Diamond race winner next week in Belgium if she competes in the 200m event at the final leg of the money-spinning competition at the Memmorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium.
The Nigerian lost the top position in the race to USA’s Allyson Felix last week in Stockholm, Switzerland when she failed to race in the event. Felix,three times Olympic gold medallist won that race to jump to the head of the standings with 13 points while Okagbare is second with 12 points.
A win for Okagbare in Brussels will automatically crown the winner and become in the process the second Nigerian to win the IAAF one-day meeting series after Falilat Ogunkoya won the 400m event in Moscow,Russia in 1998.