On Sunday the 11th of August 2013 Blessing Okagbure brought to an end to Nigeria’s 14 years participation in the World Athletics competition without winning a Single medal in the Long Jump event
Blessing Okagbare who won the silver medal of the women’s long jump with 6.99m thanked God for using her to end the long wait.
The Delta State-born athlete narrowly lost the gold to American Britney Reese who jumped 7.01m to add the IAAF World Championship silverware to the gold she won at the London Olympic Games last year.
“I feel very happy to have been used by God to end our (Nigeria) long wait for a World Championships medal. Today, I stayed focused on my jumps and was determined to take something back home from this competition,” gushed the African record holder in the 100m.
The 6.99m that fetched Okagbare the precious silver came from her second jump after opening her campaign with a 6.89m that was equally good enough to get her the second position. Reese’s first jump was a poor 6.50m but followed up with the 7.01m. Three of her last four attempts were no-jumps.
Blessing also Okagbare added to Nigeria’s medal tally at the World Athletics Championship in Moscow finishing third to win a bronze medal in the Women’s 200m finals.
Okagbare shook off the disappointment of losing in the finals of the women’s 100m finals,where she placed sixth and powered herself to a medal zone in the 200m.
We Hope before the competition ends that more of our Athletes will do us Proud by winning more medals in the other events remaining