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IAAF Diamond League: Okagbare Battles Pryce, Ahoure in Paris

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 1:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Africa’s fastest woman, Blessing Okagbare will square up against other elite athletes billed to compete in the women’s 100m at this weekend’s Diamond League meeting in Paris. Okagbare will race against World and Olympic champion, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, her African rival, Murielle Ahouré who will all be part of a packed starting line-up.



Okagbare will be looking to gain more points to improve her standings on the Diamond Race table, with Ahouré currently leading with 6 points, two more than Fraser-Pryce and Okagbare who both have 4 points each. This makes for an enthralling race in Paris as any one of them who wins will establish a gap above others.

On a good day, Okagbare can outpace them but both athletes got the better of her in Eugene,  where Fraser-Pryce and Ahouré  both ran 10.81s, with the Jamaican getting the win. However races involving all three have always been tight, like was witnessed at the last World Championship in 2013 where all three of them finished on the podium in the 200m. Fraser-Pryce is the favourite for World Championship title in Beijing, and America’s Tori Bowie the dark horse, but Okagbare will want to prove a point as well.  Aside these three favourites, Dafne Schippers and English Gardner would be hoping to stage an upset in the race.

Designated as the last event of the evening, the men’s 100m would have seen world record holder, Usain Bolt in action, but the Olympic champion withdrew from the contest due to an injury, further casting aspersions on his ability to defend his world title, especially with the threat of Justin Gatlin, who is the overwhelming favourite. However, Jamaican champion, Asafa Powell will be competing against American duo, Ryan Bailey and Mike Rodgers, with local-boy, Jimmy Vicaut also participating.