Blessing Okagbare Boosts Delta State Medal Hopes @ London Olympics


The poise by Delta State government to guarantee Nigeria’s medal haul at the on-going 2012 London Olympics has yielded results, as Blessing Okagbare displayed her feat in the games on Saturday by beating the world’s best to win the 100m event in 11.01 seconds.

The pack included Olympic champion and the fastest woman this year Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, the reigning world champion Carmelita Jeter who came second in 11.03 seconds, just as Tianna Madison came third position in 11.13 while Fraser-Pryce had stumbled on leaving the blocks.

Recall that Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan had during the Warri Relay and Grand Prix 2012 organized by Confederation of African Athletes (CAA) held at the Warri City Stadium, expressed his willingness to ensure that the State sustains gold medal hoists in global sports fiesta.

Governor Uduaghan, who disclosed that the state hosted the event because of her position as the number one sports state, boasted that Delta state professional athletes will effectively represent Nigeria at the Olympics.

“We are number one state in terms of sports. Most of the athletes in Nigeria today in every facet of sports are from Delta. In the delegation that will be going for the Olympics, Delta State has the highest number of athletes. So we are number one state as far as sports are concerned in this country,” Uduaghan had affirmed.

True to test, Blessing Okagbare has dedicated the London feat to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan. Blessing, who trained in Oghara since returning from Port Novo and enjoying funding from the State Governor, alongside other Olympic bound athletes from Delta State.

After the Olympic trials in Calabar and Africa’s Championships in Benin Republic, Blessing Okagbare moved to Delta State to use one of their many facilities to continue preparation for the Olympic Games. She trained for the Samsung Diamond League in Crystal Palace Saturday.

According to Delta sports Commission Chairman, Amaju Pinnick, “I spoke with Blessing after the race and she dedicated her victory to our governor who has been of tremendous support to her and the Nigerian team in particular because he has done a lot for the Delta athletes going to the Olympics and you know that more than half of the athletes are from Delta. Blessing trained in Oghara and only left two days before the race in London.

She has been so delighted and grateful for the assistance from Governor Uduaghan and has dedicated the London feat to him. Blessing is a serving civil servant in Delta. All our athletes are so employed.”

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