London Diamond League: Okagbare finishes behind Dutch’s Schippers in 100m

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Nigeria’s sprints queen, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, hope of making history at the London Diamond League crashed at the weekend as she finished second in the women’s 100 metres final in Sainsbury.
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Dutch athlete, Dafne Schippers, powered to a National Record (NR) of 10.92s at the Olympic Stadium ahead of Okagbare-Ighoteguonor who clocked 10.98s.

USA’s Jeneba Tarmoh, Dina Asher-Smith of Britain and Ivoirian Murielle Ahoure took off to a brilliant start with Schippers and Okagbare left in their wake.

But the Dutch record holder did not give up though as she and the Nigerian levelled up with the rest of the field, before overtaking them just before the finishing line.

Ahoure followed in third place with a time of 11.01s while Asher-Smith settled for fourth with 11.06s. The rest of the field comprised five Americans Tarmoh (11.10s), Tianna Bartoletta (11.12s), Charonda Williams (11.14s), Alexandria Anderson (11.23s) and Shalonda Solomon (11.31s).

Okagbare-Ighoteguonor is, however, still on top of the 100m Diamond Race with eight points, along with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

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