Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare has won a gold at the IAAF World Challenge in Madrid on Thursday, setting a season’s best of 11.09 seconds.
Okagbare is building up to improve on her 8th place 100m finish over the 100m at the last Olympic Games at London 2012.
Okagbare was improving her previous 2016 best time of 11.11, set in Rabat, last month.
In Madrid on Thursday, the 27-year-old got home ahead of Ecuador’s Angela Tenorio, who also posted a season’s best of 11.13 for second place and Portugal’s Lorène Dorcas Bazolo (11.28).
The Commonwealth Games champion was expected to race at the ongoing African Senior Athletics Championship in Durban South Africa to defend her title, but opted to compete at World Challenge in Madrid.
As the race in Madrid was going on, Okagbare’s Africa’s 100m women’s record of 11,00 seconds was broken by Cote d’Ivoire’s Murielle Ahouré who clinched the continental title with a time of 10.99 seconds.
Other Nigerian’s competing in the IAAF World Challenge in Madrid are Ogho-Oghene Egwero and Seye Ogunlewe competing in the men’s events, but were not listed for Team Nigeria’s trip to Durban in South Africa.