Athletics: Okagbare Battles World Track Stars In Jamaica

•Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare (left) with Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce during a recent meet. The two and other athletes will take part at the Diamond League in Kingston, Jamiaca tomorrow. PHOTO… AFP

•Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare (left) with Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce during a recent meet. The two and other athletes will take part at the Diamond League in Kingston, Jamiaca tomorrow. PHOTO: AFP

National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica will come alive tomorrow as Nigerian Queen of the tracks, Blessing Okagbare battle world tracks stars in the Jamaica International Invitational Meet (JIIM).

The African 100m record holder will face stern competition from the reigning World and Olympic Champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. The Jamaican sprinting sensation will lead a cohort of local athletes, which includes World Bronze Medallist, Nesta Carter, 2010 IAAF Diamond League 400M Champion, Kaliese Spencer and fast rising 400M standout Stephanie McPherson.

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•Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare (left) with Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce during a recent meet. The two and other athletes will take part at the Diamond League in Kingston, Jamiaca tomorrow. PHOTO: AFP
•Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare (left) with Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce during a recent meet. The two and other athletes will take part at the Diamond League in Kingston, Jamiaca tomorrow. PHOTO: AFP

A battalion of decorated international stars including multiple Olympic and World gold medalist, Sanya Richards-Ross, Olympic 100m gold medalist, Justin Gatlin, double Olympic Games bronze medalist, Walter Dix and many others will be on stage at the competition, which has received a sponsorship package of $6 million from Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Group.

Okagbare, a 2013 World Championship 200m bronze medallist, believes she can pull off an upset over the Jamaican Fraser Pryce, boasting that “I believe it is doable (beating Fraser-Pryce). My records will always get better and so I can only train harder, grow my aspirations and keep my belief aflame.”

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