Blessing Okagbare is aiming to get out of her block, powering to the finish line in the second leg of the IAAF World Challenge invitational meeting in Kingston, Jamaica.
The reigning African sprint queen is expected to pose a major challenge to Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 27, over 100m this season.
The record five-time Nigeria 100m champion is eagerly anticipating another showdown with the reigning IAAF women’s athlete of the year, according to a release by the Blessing Okagbare foundation.
“Jamaica is a country of champions. Everyone knows about their prowess and their enviable successes on the track, but I’m determined to compete on the big stage and prove myself,” she said.
The Delta State-born athlete adds that she is in good shape to outrun Fraser-Pryce who successfully completed a sprints double victory at the IAAF World Championships last year in Moscow, Russia.
“I believe it is doable (beating Fraser-Pryce in her native country). My records will always get better and so I can only train harder, grow my aspirations and keep my belief aflame,” Okagbare, 25, added.
Okagbare ran a double African record time of 10.86secs and 10.79secs over 100m at the London 2012 Anniversary Games in July last year, putting an end to Gloria Alozie’s previous record of 10.90secs.