BY LUKMAN OLOGUNRO
Commonwealth sprint double queen, Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria shone like a million stars yesterday by beating triple Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win the 100m at the Shanghai Diamond League.
In one of the most anticipated contests of the night, Okagbare stormed home in 10.98 secs- her best for the season leaving the two Jamaicans to place fourth and fifth respectively.
Second place went to American Tori Bowie in 11.07 and Trinidadian Michelle-Lee Ahye came home third in 11.13 seconds.
Judging by this performance, both of Jamaica’s leading ladies, are some way off their best but there is still enough time for improvement before the serious business of the World Championships in August.
Veteran Campbell-Brown, 33, got a blistering start out the blocks but was not able to live with the speed and power of Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, finishing in a time of 11.22.
Olympic 100m champion Fraser-Pryce ended with 11.25 seconds to her name. By her standards she looked sluggish out of the blocks having the third slowest reaction time.
Jamaica’s Schillonie Calvert came in eighth place recording a time of 11.53.
Fraser-Pryce said: “It is a good start. I didn’t have any time in my head and no expectations. The feeling was OK. I am looking forward to my next 100 metres, what comes, comes.”