For the second time in one week, Nigeria’s greatest sprinter of all time Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor failed to live up to the incredible height she has set for herself this season after placing fourth in a rather disappointing 11.12 seconds at the Bislett Games in Oslo, the fourth leg of the 14-leg IAAF Diamond League series.
Last weekend in Hengelo, Holland, the former Commonwealth double sprints queen ran 23.03 seconds in the 200m to place — a performance the television commentator described as below par and disappointing following the blistering 22.04 seconds she ran in March in Abilene, Texas to top the world list for the year.
Oslo provided the Nigerian the opportunity to prove her uninspiring race at the Fanny Blankers Koen race in Hengelo was a one-off, but she failed. Cote d’Ivoire’s Murielle Ahoure, who ran 10.91 seconds won the race.
For her fourth placing run, Okagbare was rewarded with $3000 and five points to bring her total haul in three races to 14 points to place third behind Ahoure, who now has 20.
Meanwhile, Okagbare has been provided with an instant opportunity to respond when she lines up tomorrow at the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm for the fifth leg of the money-spinning event.