Blessing Okagbare Saturday placed second behind London Olympic sprint champion, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, at the Shanghai IAAF Diamond League.
The reigning Nigerian 100m champion clocked her season's best time of 11.00 seconds. Fraser-Pryce posted 10.93. American Carmelita Jeter, who placed second at the London Games last summer, took the consolatory bronze behind Okagbare in 11.08 secs.
Just a fortnight ago, Okagbare had jumped 7.14m at the opening leg of the Diamond League in Doha, Qatar. An illegal wind of 2.2m/s denied her a new African women's long jump record.
Meanwhile, another Nigerian, 400m hurdler, Ajoke Odumosu, failed to place on the podium. She placed 7th in the women’s 400m hurdles event.
Odumosu clocked 55.94 in the event won by Czech girl, Zuzana Hejnova in 53.79 secs.
Romanian hurder, Angela Morosanu (53.85) and Yadisleidis Pedroso (54.54) of Cuba took the silver and bronze medal respectively.
While reacting to Okagbare’s second silver in this year’s Diamond League, President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Chief Solomon Ogba, described the feat as commendable.
“Blessing (Okagbare) has started the season very well. Placing second in the long jump in Doha and now defeating the Olympic silver medalist means that there is hope for Nigeria at the World Championship in Russia in August,” said the AFN chief.
He also said that with time, more Nigerian athletes will distinguish themselves at the Diamond League. Ogba hinted that Nigeria’s women's high jump champion, Doreen Amata is going to take part in the IAAF league.