Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare sped to a dominant 22.05s victory in the 200m at the Prefontaine Classic in Stanford as the 2019 IAAF Diamond League resumed in the United States on Sunday.
Running in lane eight, Okagbare wasn’t the quickest out of the blocks, but getting into the top bend, the African Record holder in the event began to pull clear from the rest of the field to clinch victory ahead of the double Olympic Champion, Elaine Thopson in a new Season’s Best (SB) of 22.05s, 0.01s shy of her Personal Best (PB).
“I’m pretty excited about it – it was good run and pretty good time,” said Okagbare, who uses “pretty good” as a characterization of the second fastest time of his career.
Aside finally getting the monkey off her back by winning at the meet for the first time at her 10th attempt, Okagbare has also become the fourth fastest woman over the 200m at the Prefontaine Diamond League (DL) meeting after USA’s Tori Bowie who ran 21.77 for the second year running to set a new Meeting Record after running 21.99 seconds in 2016.
Also, Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo who ran 21.91 seconds in 2017 and Jamaica’s Thompson who ran 21.98 seconds to come third also in 2017, the only year all top three broke 22 seconds in the half lap.
Okagbare’s next stop in the DL is at the Athletissima Diamond League meeting this Friday in Lausanne, Switzerland, a place where she would be hoping to extend her lead at the top of the DL standings in the 100m.