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Wes Kittley Invitational: Okagbare Breaks Onyali’s 200m 22-Year-Old African Record

. Blessing Okagbare in action for Nigeria

Nigeria’s queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteghonor has broken the 200m women African record set by Mary Onyali-Omagbemi since August 1996, with her 22.04seconds run at the 2018 Wes Kittley Invitational in Texas.

The Delta-State born fastest Nigerian sprinter is bound to remain in Texas to compete for the 100m, with the aim to also break the African record held by Ivorian sprinter Murielle Ahoure since 2016.  Okagbare-Ighoteghonor have Ivorian duo of Ahoure and Marie Josee Ta Lou to compete for the race.

In the same vein, Nigeria’s Fabian Edoki also leapt to a personal best 8.10m in the long jump. He has been in exceptional form for Team Nigeria which kept him in good position ahead of others jumpers for the country.

Okagbare-Ighoteghonor is expected to join other Team Nigeria athletes on Saturday in Gold Coast Australia for the fast approaching 2018 Commonwealth Games starting April 4, as she will be competing in the relays.



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