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Celebrating Team Nigeria: After Setting a Personal Best Record with 10.93 Seconds, Nigerian Sprinter Blessing Okagbare Blazes Up to the 100m Semi-Finals Tonight!



As our Nigerian Athletes compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games, BN would be celebrating some of our stars who have worked hard, trained hard and are striving to achieve their very best. At the World Games, they have come to test themselves in healthy competition with athletes from across the world and strive for their personal best daily.

We identify with their courage and wish them the very best as they bring glory to Nigeria. Go for Victory, Team Nigeria!

Born on the 9th of October, 1988, Blessing Okagbare is a Nigerian long and triple jumper and short sprinter.

She is a University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) graduate that is currently doing Nigeria proud at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Sapele-born sprinter and jumper has been Nigeria’s most consistent athlete from the last edition of the Games in Beijing, China, in 2008 and was one of the few athletes that returned to Nigeria with a medal. She won a bronze medal in the women’s long jump event.

Yesterday, Blessing won her 100m heat thus securing her spot in the women’s 100m Olympics semi-finals holding tonight at the Olympic Stadium in London. She set a personal best record finishing the race in 10.93 seconds to win her first-round heat in London. She was the second fastest of the round, coming just behind America’s Carmelita Jeter’s 10.83 seconds.

If she qualifies, Blessing will feature in the 100m finals holding an hour after the semifinals races are completed.

The semi finals holds this evening at 7.35 pm

Blessing said she felt confident about the rest of the competition after her first outing, adding: “I have worked so hard to get this far and I am so happy that I am in the semis. I hope there is more to come tomorrow (today) but I am so happy with the way that I ran and I am just expecting a better race tomorrow (today),” she told Vanguard.

We are very proud of Blessing’s achievements so far and as she gets prepared for tonight’s run, we wish her the very best!

Biography: Wikipedia
Photo Credit: Getty Images | African Athletics

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  1. Tee

    August 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Go Team Naija! Go Blessing!

  2. purplepearl

    August 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Way to go girl…..TEAM NIGERIA

  3. Uchechi

    August 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Go Girl…

  4. chinco

    August 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I’m so proud of 9ja right now. Blessing bring home the Gold medal, praying 4 u.

  5. Vero

    August 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    God bless her


    August 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    That,s my girl! We are praying hard for you.

  7. Laila Ikeji

    August 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    And shes pretty oo. Who else noticed? Praying for you too, Blessing.
    Frankly, after I learnt each olympic athlete got 15 condoms for use at the olympic village, am wondering how she’s put hers to use. lol. naughty me.

  8. Chattyzee

    August 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    awwww she’s pretty.. all the best!

  9. HappyChiq

    August 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Go Blessing! Team Nigeria rocks!!!! All the best!

  10. Toyosi

    August 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    All the very best Blessing! One bright star. Thank you Jesus.

  11. MattDickinson

    August 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Yay Blessing just qualified for the Finals. The girl is beasting men. It’s going to be a crazy final race tonight.

  12. habba!

    August 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    thank God she dint mess up like that damn basketball team

  13. Tosin

    August 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    My my, I want to do sports. That’s the key to such physical beauty. What! See body.

  14. Me2me

    August 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Go girl Go

  15. Sisiekomi

    August 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Go girl!


    August 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    The future is still bright for blessing.

  17. Nnenna

    August 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I wish she won…but oh well! As I keep saying Nigeria needs to take sports seriously…

  18. Gyann

    August 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Wish more successes!

  19. Princess of Zion

    August 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    We are proud of you Blessing! All the best next time!

  20. Chuks Onuchukwu

    August 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Blessing you are a rare gem , just keep improving yourself, if Nigeria refuse to improve herself , please do not hesitate to dump her, because when you are winning laurel is all praise , tomorrow when you are old and fragile she will not remember you, or what you have done for her in the past.
    Keeping doing your things enjoy every moment of your victory .

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