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Okagbare’s Feats Signs Of Positive Energy, Says AFN

Posted: May 19, 2015 at 2:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uzor Odigbo, Lagos


Nigeria and Africa’s fastest woman, Blessing Okagbare, has shown signs of positive energy with her success in the IAAF Diamond League on Sunday in Shanghai, China.

In his congratulatory message, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Technical Director, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, said she had demonstrated positive energy which the federation expects her to sustain ahead of many competitions this season.



“As a federation, I congratulate her. She has shown courage and focus which is expected of an athlete of her caliber. She should concentrate on her track duties and leave the administration and politics of the sport to those elected to handle it. The federation has only one duty and that is in ensuring that the welfare of all athletes are taken care of.”

Nesiama noted that AFN would continue to support Okagbare and others only if they would positively deploy their energy rightly without meddling in the politics of the sport.

“When a child does something wrong, you scold him/her, but when something good comes out of the child, you encourage and motivate the child.” Nesiama said.

He said Okagbare has started well in the circuit and would need prayers from Nigerians to sustain the pace.

In his reaction, the AFN scribe, Bamiduro Olumide, said Okagbare’s feat has given hope for better future and prayed that the effort be sustained.

Okagbare got her season underway with a dominating win at the 2015 Shanghai Diamond League, winning the women’s 100m in 10.98 seconds.

She got ahead of a star-studded line-up that included Olympic Champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, and coasted to victory.

The Nigerian champion, who started in lane 3 got a perfect start and was running neck-to-neck with Fraser-Pryce who started in lane 4, but Okagbare eluded the Jamaican and steered clear of the chasing pack in the last 40m of the race, finishing nearly a tenth of a second ahead of 2nd placed Tori Bowie who clocked 11.07s.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye finished 3rd in 11.13s. The Jamaican duo of Veronica Campbell-Brown and Fraser-Pryce could only manage 4th and 5th positions in 11.22s and 11.25s respectively.