OKAGBARE PUNCHES TICKET FOR TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES
Blessing Okagbare-Ighotegunor will compete at her fourth Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo, following her second-place finish in the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday.
The 30-year-old ran a season’s best 11.07 seconds in the 100m finals to come in second behind relative newcomer Aleia Hobbs from the USA, with Olympic champion Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson finishing in third. The result, in her first 100m run of 2019, has qualified her for both the World Athletics Championships later this year in Doha, as well as the Tokyo Olympics next year.
Her time cleared the qualification benchmark times of 11.24 seconds and 11.15 seconds respectively for the two competitions.
The Shanghai has proved a good hunting ground for Okagbare through the years: in 2014, she won the Long Jump, as well as the 200m, and in 2015, she bested multiple Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100m.
Okagbare made her Olympic debut in 2008 in Beijing, and has been an ever-present since.