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Okagbare becomes the second-fastest woman in the world



Blessing Okagbare has emerged as the second-fastest woman in the world after she finished her 100m race in 10.63 seconds at the national Olympics trials in Lagos on Thursday.


The Commonwealth 200m and 100m gold medalist ended up a millisecond behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on the World Athletics’ log. However, her record is subject to ratification by the World Athletics.


The 32-year-old beat her competitors with ease at the women’s 100 metres final breaking her personal record as the fastest African and Nigerian woman ever. She finished the race at 10.62 seconds but a +2.7 tailwind forced the time back to 10.63 seconds.


“I feel like Blessing Okagbare once again. And I just want to go out every time and do my best. I feel happy. I’m really happy that this time came down today. It boosts my confidence. I just hope this same thing happens at the Olympics,” she said after the race.


“I’ve been working on everything in general. I hope it clicks where it counts at the big stage. I have to go to the Games and do better than this or reciprocate it. This finish boosts my confidence going to the Games.”


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