World Athletic Championship silver medallist, Blessing Okagbare failed to increase her medal haul at the ongoing Athletic Championship on Monday when she placed a disappointing sixth at the final of the women’s 100m race with a time of 11.04seconds.
The gold medal went to Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who finished the race with a time of 10.71seconds. Blessing Okagbare’s West African compatriot, Ivorien Murielle Ahoure clinched the silver medal with a time of 10.93s, while the bronze went to America’s Carmelita Jeter.
Nigerians would not fail to observe that Murielle Ahoure’s 10.93s performance is still outside the African record breaking performance Okagbare put up at the IAAF London meet last month. Had Okagbare repeated that performance during the final race in Moscow she would have place second and become the first African to win a medal in that event.
The women’s 100m final was a tough race, which featured the eight fastest entrants of the championships, but ultimately there was no doubt over the winner as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce triumphed with the biggest winning margin in World Championships history.
The Jamaican was looking to regain the title she last won in 2009, memories of her fourth-place finish at the last World Championships still fresh in her mind. With such tough opposition – a race that included the second-fastest woman of all-time and five other women with PBs below 10.9 – Fraser-Pryce knew that there was little room for error.
Her best weapon is her devastating start, and she executed it perfectly here to open up a notable lead in just the first few strides. USA’s English Gardner was right up there with Fraser-Pryce to begin with, but faded in the second half of the race, losing her form.
From there on, there was no lookng back for Fraser-Pryce and she continued to pull away from the field, stopping the clock in a world-leading 10.71. Running into a -0.3m/s wind, it was the second-fastest time of her career, just 0.01 shy of the PB she set last year.
We at urnaija wish Blessing Okagbare all the best in the 200m women and 4x100m women’s relay races.