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Nigeria’s Athlete, Blessing Okagbare has qualified   for the London 2017 World Athletics  Championships  after  jumping   6.77m to finish in the  second place  at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial Athletics Grand Prix meet in Hungary on Tuesday.

The 2008 Olympics bronze medallist  (long jump) secured qualification for  the 100m and 200m  races of for next month’s London 2017 in June.

The  Sapele-born sprinter/jumper came to Hungary with a 6.52m personal season’s best achieved in Eugene,Oregon, USA,  last month. She was the number two ranked long jumper in Africa so far this term  behind compatriot Ese Brume,  whose 6.64m was, until Tuesday,   was the best mark by an African in the event.

 Okagbare  also won the 100m event  on Tuesday  with a time of  11.11 seconds, her second fastest time of the season. She won ahead of Remona Burchell of Jamaica (11.15) and Nigerian-born American Morolake Akinosun (11.19),  who came second and third respectively

Meanwhile,  2014  Commonwealth Games long jump gold  medallist  Brume and Africa’s undisputed sprint hurdles  queen Tobi Amusan   failed to make the list of confirmed athletes for the eighth leg of the Diamond League  in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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