Blessing Okagbare Wins Seventh Title, Antwon Hicks Secures Rio Place
|L-R: Blessing Okagbare & Antwon Hicks|
Okagbare who was missing during the 2015 All-Nigeria Championships in Warri left no one in doubt that she was back to wrestle away her title from last year’s winner Gloria Asumnu when she effortlessly won her semi final race with a time of 11.22secs.
Thursday’s feat by Okagbare is her season's best and the Queen of the tracks told journalists after her victory that she will not rest on her oars as she expects tougher contest in Rio.
“I am focused on myself, I am not thinking of what others are doing,” Okagbare stated
Peace Ukoh came second with 11.37sec, while Gloria Asumnu finished third with 11.38secs in the women’s 100m race.
Aside Okagbare, another headline performance on the opening day of the Nigeria Olympic trials came from Antwon Hicks who set a new national record (subject to ratification by the AFN) in the 110m Men's Hurdles event.
Hicks' winning time of 13.27 secs supersedes the previous record in the 110m hurdles owned by Williams Erese who set a time 13.42secs in the United States in 2003.
The winning time has also qualified the former American runner for the Rio Olympics where he will be donning the colours of Nigeria in Brazil.