15 Jun 2015

Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare wins silver medal at the IAAF Diamond League in New York

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare continued her impressive run in the IAAF Diamond League on Saturday with a second-place finish in the 200m at the New York leg of the event where she ran 22.67secs behind USA’s Tori Bowie.

With the absence of big names like Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Allyson Felix, Okagbare was a favourite along with Bowie for the first position.

The starting list paraded Jamaica’s former Olympic champion, Simpson Sherone, USA’s Duncan Kimberlyn, Townsend Tiffany, Mcgrone Candyce and Williams Charonda and Ecuador’s Tenorio Angela-Gabriela,

Bowie had run against Okagbare in Shanghai and had been beaten by the Nigerian, New York was her chance to earn her revenge and she produced a season best of 22.23secs to win the race and ensure the Nigerian produced her season best.

Credit: Idris Adesina/Punch

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