Posted by Transport & Business Express | 4 August 2012 | 3,003 times
Just when it seemed that she would give Nigeria something to smile about, sprint star Blessing Okagbare flopped when it mattered most, failing to pick a medal in the final of women’s 100 meters race of the on-going London 2012 Olympic Games decided a few minutes ago.
Okagbare has been in blistering form lately and won her heats, thus raising the hope of Nigerians, but failed to live u to expectation in the final, finishing outside the medal zone at the Olympic Stadium in London. She came last among the eight finalists, finishing in a disappointing 11.01 seconds.
Okagbare had her earlier in the day when she raced to a new personal best time of 10.93 to win her first round heat and qualified for the women’s 100m semi-final this afternoon. She similarly won the semi-final before flopping when it mattered most to cap a day when Nigerian athletes fared badly, leaving the country yet without a medal.
Speaking before the race, Okagbare had expressed her desire to win gold, saying: “I’m just excited. I’m hoping everything will fall in place. Gold is anybody’s and I’m going to do my best.”
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