The Minister for Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission (NSC) Dr. Tammy Danagogo has lauded Africa and Nigeria sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare, on setting a double meet record in the second leg of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai.
The 25-year-old multi-talented athlete set a new meeting record of 6.86m in just two leaps, to win the women’s long-jump in the Chinese city, before claiming the 200m in another meeting record time of 22.36secs.
Dr. Danagogo said Okagbare’s efforts were commendable, stressing that the performance will serve as a morale booster for the World Championships silver and bronze medalist ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow, Scotland.
“This is cheering news for the athletics family and Nigeria in general considering that preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is on now,” Danagogo said.
“The result will further boost her morale to train harder for the Glasgow Games.”
The 2014 Commonwealth games begins Wednesday, 23 July and ends August 3.