Okagbare Claims Second in Diamond League Opening Sprint

Blessing Okagbare finished runner-up behind Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100m at the maiden IAAF Diamond League meeting of the 2014 season in Doha, Qatar, on Friday.

The multi-talented Nigerian, who won bronze medal in the 200m at last year’s World Championships, after struggling to get out of her block; chased the world and Olympic champion all the way down the line to finish in a Season’s Best (SB) time of 11.18secs, five seconds shy of winner, Fraser-Pryce.

Blessing Okagbare's Late Surge Was Insufficient to Halt Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Claiming First Place at the Doha Diamond League Meet. Image Credit: Hasse Sjogren for Diamond League.
Blessing Okagbare’s Late Surge Was Insufficient to Halt Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Claiming First Place at the Doha Diamond League Meet. Image Credit: Hasse Sjogren for Diamond League.

Jamaica’s Steward Kerron claimed third position in 11.25secs (SB).

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Rank Athlete Nation Result
1 FRASER-PRYCE Shelly-Ann JAM 11.13

2 OKAGBARE Blessing NGR 11.18 SB

3 STEWART Kerron JAM 11.25 SB

4 RUSSELL Carrie JAM 11.29

5 ANDERSON Alexandria USA 11.30 SB

6 SAILER Verena GER 11.40

7 PIERRE Barbara USA 11.44

8 GARDNER English USA 11.57

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