Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare once again fumbled at an IAAF athletics meeting in Hengelo Netherlands, Monday to raise fresh concerns about her recent unrestrained decline in form.
The one-time African fastest woman came sixth at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Stadion as part of the IAAF Challenge meetings, to raise eyebrows to whether she had lost her track-magic.
The Nigerian double sprints record holder ran 23.03 seconds to place sixth, behind home girl, Dafne Schippers who ran 22.44 seconds to come first with Bulgaria’s Lajova-Collio Ivet coming second with 22.79 seconds while USA’s Jefferson Kyra finished third with 22.81 seconds.
Meanwhile, Okagbare had finished seventh with a season best of 11.07 seconds behind Ivorien duo, Marie Josee Talou and Murielle Ahoure, and Rio 2016, Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson who came first, second and third place respectively in the just concluded Diamond League at Eugene, Oregon in the USA.
Okagbare is placed fourth in the Diamond League standings with nine points, six behind Ta Lou who picked maximum points with her wins in Doha and Eugene.
The top eight finishers on points will qualify to run in the final in Zurich on August 31, 2018.
However, Okagbare will be hoping to make amends for her incessant poor performances at the oncoming 100m event at the Mobil Bislett in Oslo, Norway on Thursday, where she will be placed fourth in the 14-legged IAAF Diamond League series.