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Okagbare powers hard to win gold at USATF grand prix 100m women final

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Two Nigerian women sprinters, Blessing Okagbare and Morolake Akinosun pounded the tracks strongly to win at the  USATF Grand Prix in Eugene, a World Athletics Continental Tour event, which took place on Saturday, 24th April 2021.

Blessing Okagbare came through strongly in the closing stages of the 100m to win in 10.97 secs with Morolake Akinosun finishing second in 11.09 secs.

Okagbare waves at the announcement of her name at the USATF Grand Prix 100m women’s final at Eugene, USA.
After a well-braced finish at the USATF Grand Prix 100m women’s final at Eugene, USA.

Though Morolake Akinosun is of Nigerian parentage, she is listed as a United States citizen.

The duo beat a strong list of power sprinters including Daryl Neita of Great Britain who came in third at 11.18secs.

Others who ran the race included Jenna Prandini (USA), Kemba Nelson (Jamaica), Teamha Daniels (USA), Allyson Felix (USA), Tianna Bartiletta (USA) and Christiana Williams (Jamaica).

Okagbare is ranked 15th best women 100m sprinter and 10th best women 200m sprinter and has an overall world ranking of 93.

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Her personal best legal time in the 100m event is 10.79 secs which she ran in 2013 at the Olympic Stadium London, United Kingdom.

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