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Okagbare Shines Again in Shanghai

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Nigeria’s sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare on Sun­day in Shanghai lived up to her billing as one of the best female athletes in the 100m sprint when she eas­ily outpaced highly-deco­rated Jamaican sprinters Fraser-Pryce and Veron­ica Campbell-Brown in the women’s 100m event.

As stated by AFP re­ports, Okagbare produced a season’s best 10.98 secs, with Campbell-Brown in fourth and Olympic cham­pion Fraser-Pryce in fifth.

The result is a blow for Fraser-Pryce in her first 100m of the season, only weeks before she de­fends her 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in the Chinese capital.

“The feeling is OK,” the 28-year-old stated.after the race. “I am looking for­ward to my next race. What comes, comes.”

Okagbare, who won the 200m and the long jump at last year’s meet in Shang­hai, was ecstatic at her vic­tory on Sunday.

“It is not easy to com­pete with the best in the world but I won,” she stated. “Shanghai loves me and the track loves me.”

Olympic 400m champion Kirani James stormed to victory at the Shanghai Dia­mond League on Sunday,

James powered across the finishing line on 44.66 secs, well ahead of Ameri­cans Tony McQuay in sec­ond and world champion LaShawn Merritt in third.

It was a dominant per­formance from James and a psychological boost as he gears up for the World Athletics Championships in Beijing in August, when he would be seeking to re­claim from Merritt the title he won in 2011.


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