Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare has broken the African Women’s 100metres record at the ongoing Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, London, with a time of 10:86 seconds.
Coming behind Okagbare to place second in the second semi-final is America’s Barbara Pierre and fellow African, Murielle Ahoure of Cote D’ivore came third. The other contestants were Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad & Tobago, Verena Sailer of Germany, Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, Asha Phillips of Great Britain and Annabelle Lewis, also of Great Britain.
It was not plain sailing for Okagbare as she had to work very hard during the last 20 metres to earn her first position having had a slower start than her other competitors.
In the first semi-final, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce came first with a time of 10:77 to book a place at the finals coming up later today.
Speaking to a reporter shortly after her race, Okagbare said she respected Shelly Ann’s time of 10:77 seconds but she just wanted to go to the finals to do her best.
The final race is later today at 1620hrs.