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Blessing Okagbare storms Rio, set to begin campaign

Track and field athlete Blessing Okagbare has arrived Team Nigeria games village at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Okagbare was seen in the Games village in a refreshingly exciting mood as she gets set to compete.

She will begin her campaign in the Women’s 100m on Friday 12 August before competing in the Women’s 200m on Mon, 15 August.

Two days later, Okagbare will wear Nigeria’s colour to compete in the Women’s long jump before wrapping up her Rio 2016 Olympics campaign in women’s 4x100m relay on Thursday 18 August.

As a 19-year-old, she won a bronze medal in the women’s long jump event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

She is a World Championships medalist in the long jump, and a world medallist in the 200 metres.

Okagbare also holds the Women’s 100 metres Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds. Her 100 m best of 10.79 made her the African record holder for the event until it was eclipsed by Murielle Ahoure in 2016.

She was the African 100 m and long jump champion in 2010. She has also won medals at the All-Africa Games, IAAF Continental Cup and World Relays.

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