Nigerian sprinter, Blessing Okagbare, has become the second-fastest woman in the world after she finished the race with 10.63 seconds at the national Olympics trials in Lagos.
Blessing also smashed the record she previously set as the fastest African and Nigerian woman.
The 32 year old athlete was a millisecond behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on the IAAF’s record.
On her first competitive race in Nigeria since 2016, the Commonwealth Games 200m and 100m gold medalist raced past her rivals at the women’s 100 metres final.
Blessing would’ve ended the race at 10.62 seconds but a +2.7 tailwind forced the time back to 10.63 seconds.
The former Nigerian Queen of The Track hopes to replicate this showing at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
“I feel like Blessing Okagbare once again. And I just want to go out every time and do my best. I feel happy. I’m really happy that this time came down today. It boosts my confidence. I just hope this same thing happens at the Olympics,” she said after the race.
“I’ve been working on everything in general. I hope it clicks where it counts at the big stage. I have to go to the Games and do better than this or reciprocate it. This finish boosts my confidence going to the Games.”
Okagbare’s record is still under review by the World Athletics governing body as they need to make it stand or ratify it.