Nigeria’s 2014 Commonwealth Games hero, Blessing Okagbare, continued her fine form into the 2014 African Athletics Championship.
Okagbare set a new tournament record as she won gold medal in the 100m event with 11:00 seconds.
Okagbare’s Ivorian rival, Murielle Ahoure, finished in second place with a time of 11.03 secs.
“I am very happy to have won the title because I just wanted to win for my fans and do my country proud,” Okagbare said after the win.
“Just coming straight from the Commonwealth Games, my body is tired, but my coach told me to just focus and execute the race, which was what I did. Of course the competition was stiffer at the Commonwealth Games, but that is not to take anything away from Murielle Ahoure.
“She is a great athlete. It was good that we had three Nigerians in the final but this is Africa. I am hoping that we can have this kind of representation on a bigger platform, like the World Championships and the Olympics.”