After settling for the silver medal at last weekend’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris, the French capital, Africa’s fastest woman, Blessing Okagbare, saluted her fans for the massive support she has been enjoying this season.
Okagbare managed a second place finish in the IAAF Diamond League race, in the women’s 100m race returning 10.80 personal best.
“Blessed day at work; many thanks to my family, friends and fans for always giving me the courage to aim higher. Your love, support, messages and prayers are highly appreciated. God has been faithful to me in all ways and I am forever grateful,” said Okagbare.
She placed second behind Jamaica’s Shelly Fraser-Pryce, who achieved world -leading 10.74 in Saturday’s event, Okagbare was profoundly gratitude to God for divine favour and equally thanked her family members and fans across the world for supporting her.
Incidentally, Okagbare earlier ran her first 200m at the Adidas Grand Prix (IAAF Diamond League) in New York, USA on June 13 and placed second (22.67) behind USA’s Tori Bowie (22.23).
Before then, Okagbare had beaten the Jamaican duo of Veronica Campbell-Brown and Fraser-Pryce to gold at the Shanghai Diamond League in May.
Back then, she also finished in a season’s best time of 10.98 seconds as Brown finished in fourth, but the lass from Sapele, Delta State says she aims to keep improving and thanked those who have boosted her efforts with motivation worldwide.
Okagbare, who will now compete in her second 200m of the season at the Athletissima, the ninth meeting of the 2015 IAAF Diamond League at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne on Thursday 9 July, took Facebook to express her delight.
Saturday’s finish was Okagbare’s second fastest 100m career best and, while she is preparing to open her long jump account in Lausanne, she is quick to acknowl3edge her source of inspiration and motivation to excel.

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