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The Girl on Fire On the Tracks! Blessing Okagbare Wins 200m at Diamond League Paris



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You may probably want to get familiar with her name, because she is currently on fire on the tracks. You may remember Blessing Okagbare from her Long Jump bronze model during the 2008 Olympics and also her strong performance during the 2012 Olympics.

The Nigerian athlete has been making recent headlines in this year’s IAAF Diamond League.

During the 100m on Thursday in Lausanne, Blessing stumbled out of the blocks and failed to finish. However, on Saturday, the 25-year-old won the women’s 200m at Paris Diamond League, beating favourite Allyson Felix of the USA. She finished in 22.32 secs.

Blessing currently ranks as number 1 on the 200m Women Diamond League table! The next Diamond League will take place in Glasgow.

She will represent Nigeria at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23rd to August 3rd 2014. Blessing will take part in the women’s 100m, 200m, and 4X100m events.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Feng Li


  1. Gorgeous

    July 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Go Blessing! You seem to be the only blessing we have in Nigeria when it comes to sports. You are doing what you love and you are winning. You are truly a blessing in deed. 🙂

  2. Nabz

    July 8, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Blessing is a very talented athlete but her problem is she crumbles under pressure. She constantly fails to deliver where it matters most – at the finals of major competitions.

    I really hope she can keep this going. It’ll be nice to see all her hardwork and talent finally crowned with a meaningful win.

    • Spoiler

      July 9, 2014 at 7:19 am

      @ Nabz u just had to ruin her shine with your comment didn’t u? You couldn’t rejoice in the moment and move along?…..why don’t u volunteer and run. Always so easy to be critical from the outside. She delivered this one and we are proud. Welldone Blessing. If in doubt of an option, pick cheering and encouragement over criticism…..the pressure u refer to is the likes of u who jinx her talent with negativity.

  3. great

    July 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Keep it dear. If its those over hyped footballers then they get all the money, support and attention . With more support and direction. This woman will be flying the Nigerian flag even higher. I hope the Nigerian government and sports minister take note ..

  4. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    July 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Go girl!

  5. Caro

    July 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    U go girl! Congrats

  6. hrh

    July 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Why are you judging her? Do you know her personally? Nigerians need to accept the fact that she cannot win every time she competes and remain supportive regardless of the fact. We do the same to the Super Eagles.. Fly our colors proud when they are doing well but the minute they stumble, we bash them.
    Be patriotic! Pray for her and wish her well simple.

  7. Mz Socially Awkward...

    July 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Well done to her! Don’t remember her from the 2012 Olympics but now you’ve pointed her out, I’ll keep my ears tuned during the commonwealth games…

    • Jaygirl

      July 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Yup yup go Blessing! She qualified for the 100m finals but didn’t perform too well, however she was uber fab at the 2013 world outdoor champs bagging two silver medals in long jump and 200m.

  8. @edDREAMZ

    July 8, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    My sister’s name sake… Wow, she is sure doing naija proud and may God bless her and she is a blessing to us all no doubt……

  9. laila

    July 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Go blessing! Rooting for you.

  10. el patron

    July 8, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Didn’t the Jamaicans and the Americans come to this meet?

    • Anon

      July 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Here’s one for you – “However, on Saturday, the 25-year-old won the women’s 200m at Paris Diamond League, beating favourite Allyson Felix of the USA. She finished in 22.32 secs.”

      She’s very talented. But it’s a pity when it comes to the main events (Olympics and World Championship) she runs with dopers who tend to win.

  11. amy

    July 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

    And you are implying? Blessing is one of the highest ranking athletes in the world in 3 events, so loive with it. If you followed athletics, you would know. Well done, girl!

    • Anon

      July 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Implying what? Don’t get it twisted. She’s very good, in the top ten. But in the 100m and 200m at the Olympics and WC she came outside the top 3. English isn’t hard. My original comment was simple. I probably watch athletics more than you so sod it!

  12. Ifeanyi

    July 26, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Blessing is very good and she is really flying the Nigeria flag beautifully. She should keep up th hardwork, improve on her start and acceleration….More vaseline to her elbows!!

  13. Soraya

    July 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    What is that nonsense on Blessing’s head? If she removes it, she will be able to deliver on her full potential!

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