Blessing Okagbare Nigerian athlete to compete in long jump at IAAF Diamond League

In Rio 2016, Okagbare competed in the women's 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay but failed to impress in any of them.

  • Published:
Blessing Okagbare play Blessing Okagbare set to put her Rio 2016 disappointment aside to compete in the IAAF Diamond League (PremiumTimes)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

After her unimpressive outing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare will be competing in the long jump event at the IAAF Diamond League.

In Rio 2016, Okagbare competed in the women's 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay but failed to impress in any of them.

Blessing Okagbare play Blessing Okagbare competed in only race events at Rio 2016 (Getty Images )

 

Shifting her attention to the IAAF Diamond League which begins on Thursday, August 25, the Delta State-born athlete will now compete in the long jump event.

On the provisional list of entries announced by the organisers on Monday, August 22, Okagbare is confirmed to return to long jump after opting out of the event to concentrate on the 100 and 200m in Rio.

She will be up against reigning world and Olympic champion Tianna Bartoleta of the United States for the winning prize reward of $10,000 and the maximum points (10) on offer at the event.

She is a one-time IAAF Diamond League winner of this event, jumping 6.98m to beat then reigning world and Olympic champion, USA’s Britneey Reese (6.96m).

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.