Blessing Okagbare Nigerian athlete gets silver medal from 2008 Olympics

Okagbare is set to be announced as a silver winner as her bronze will be upgraded after the original silver winner has been stripped.

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Blessing Okagbare play Blessing Okagbare set to get silver medal from 2008 Olympics (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare is set to get a silver medal from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Okagbare initially won bronze in the Women’s Long Jump event behind Russia’s Tatyana Lebedeva who took home the silver.

The Delta State born athlete is set to be however upgraded to silver after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday, January 25 stripped Lebedeva of her silver medal after her drug test returned positive.

Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia, Maurren Higa Maggi of Brazil and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria play Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia, Maurren Higa Maggi of Brazil and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria (Stu Forster/Getty Images)

 

Okagbare made the podium back then with a leap of 6.91m while Lebedeva had a leap of 6.97m.

The Russian also had her silver medal in the triple jump event stripped after re-analysis of her samples from Beijing 2008 tested positive for steroid turinabol.

Lebedeva still has two other Olympic medals from the Sydney and Athens Games.

The 40-year-old retired in 2013 and became a Russian senator a year later. She has accused the World Anti-Doping Agency of trying to manipulate the Olympics, calling the agency a tool of 'the Anglo-Saxon lobby.'

Blessing Okagbare play Blessing Okagbare has made three Olympics' appearances for Nigeria (PA)

 

Okagbare has made three appearances at the Olympics, (Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016).

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