Blessing Okagbare revealed training with competitors does not get to her because she focuses on herself
Nike women presents : Blessing Okagbare
World-class sprinter and long jumper, Blessing Okagbare, 26, is already the fastest woman in Africa - her best of 10.79 seconds is the continent’s 100-meter record but the Nigeria athlete is less concerned with maintaining her ranking than she is about beating herself.
“I’d like to break 10.7 seconds for the 100 and 22.8 seconds for the 200, and I want to jump further than 7.3 meters in the long jump. I have goals written up and posted around my room. I write them as soon as I wake, when I’m feeling fresh.”
“Growing up I was very skinny and someone told me that I could never do sports because I was too soft and fragile. I didn’t let it get to me. I pushed through and became a jumper. Then, I set a new goal to be a runner. It’s all about setting goals and keeping your mind set on those goals. Don’t ever give up on yourself.”
She also relies on an intense inward focus. Blocking out the competition, Okagbare registers only her own performance, despite training alongside many of the world’s top runners.
“Repetition during my training helps me go into a race and not have to think so hard because it will come naturally. You put in the work during training and then take that into the competition.”
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