Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare wins CG 100m with 10.85 Meet record! by Larry Eder

Blessing Okagbare, Pre Classic 2013, photo by

(Glasgow, Scotland, 28 July 2014) Blessing Okagbare, Nigeria's finest sprinter, takes CG Gold in a CG record! 

Blessing Okagbare, the talented sprinter and long jumper from Nigeria not only won the 100 meters in fine fashion, but set the Commonwealth Games record in her fine exhibition of world class sprinting. 

Women's 100 meters-Blessing Just does it! 

A fine start, and Blessing Okagbare, NGR, takes the lead, and leaves the field, running 10.85 GR! Veronica Campbell-Brown, JAM, coming to silver, in 11.03, and Kerron Stewart, JAM, in bronze in 11.07, Asaha Philip, ENG, is fourth in 11.18, PB. #glasgow2014

Blessing Okagbare has a fine start, that is understood. But, what stood out on Tuesday night was her ability to accelerate from the mid-point of the race. Veronica Campbell-Brown ran a tough race, taking the silver in 11.03 and Kerron Stewart was the bronze medalist in 11.07. 

This was Blessing Okagbare's race, and she set a Commonwealth Games record, plus her own personal best. 10.85 is flying.  

With the knowledge that she had won, Blessing Okagbare exhibited a wonderful smile as she took in the acknowledgement of the crowd and the well deserved accolades on a race well-run. 

Blessing Okagbare won the bronze medal in the long jump in the 2012 London Olympics. In Moscow, last summer, Blessing won the silver in the long jump and the bronze in the 200 meters. 

But on Monday night, in front of 44,000 athletics fans, in the wonderful venue that is Hampden Park, Blessing Okagbare performed when she needed to perform. Okagbare had a strong start, and was in the middle of the battle mid-way through the race, battling with the likes of Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart. 

It was, however, Blessing's mid race surge that put the race in the proverbial bag, as an ecstatic Okagbare had a three meter lead at the finish, with no one within striking distance! 

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