Beijing 2015: Okagbare goes for gold

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Nigeria’s women sprint sensation, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, will step onto the tartan tracks of the Bird Nest Stadium, Beijing, to continue her quest for a first World Athletics Champions gold medal.

It is the women’s 100 metres, which semifinals and final will hold today, and the Nigerian is one of the top three stars expected to battle for the gold medal.

At the preliminaries, two-time world champion and Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, was the cynosure of all eyes with her green dyed hair stuck with a few.

She won her heat in 10.88 seconds, the same time clocked by U.S’ Tori Bowie. But Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, who clocked 11.07 seconds to win her heat, is not bothered by the faster time posted by her opponents.

She said after winning the Heat Two that what mattered was qualification and with that settled, she would now be aiming for the ultimate prize. “It was not the easiest qualification but I felt comfortable coming to the stadium, just wanted to see what’s going to happen.

Tomorrow is a big day and my plan is to get to the final and run well. I used to come from behind but now I try to be more in the zone of the race,” she added.

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