Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare ran 10.99 seconds, her first sub-11 seconds 100 meters time in almost 2 years to finish in third place behind Netherlands Dafne Schpipers(10.97) and Elaine Thompson(10.94) of Jamaica at the London IAAF Diamond League meeting on Sunday.
Okagbare held off United States Morolake Akinosun’s challenge (11.02), to record the 17th sub-11 seconds’ performance of her career, in preparation for next month’s 16th IAAF Word Championship also in London.
The Commonwealth Games women’s 100 meters record holder last clocked sub-11 seconds in September 2015, at the IAAF Diamond League Meeting in Zurich, with a season-closing time of 10.98 seconds. Her personal best of 10.79 seconds in 2013 made her Africa’s record holder before it was eclipsed by Murielle Ahouré of Ivory Coast in 2016.
She first broke 11 seconds in 2012, at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London, then ran three more sub-11 seconds that season with a personal best of 10.92 seconds at the 2012 Olympic games.