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It was Thursday 31st July, 2014 and none would have imagined that Team Nigeria would be celebrating two gold medal wins at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Hampden Park in Glasgow. First Ese Brume put up a remarkable display in Long Jump to claim the gold medal, then Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor followed minutes later with another gold medal for Nigeria in the 200m sprint event. Okagbare’s ultimate win in the 200m event was no surprise at all to fans who watched the Nigerian dominate her heats with the fastest time (22.99s), making her the event favorite into the final race. In the semi-final, Okagbare who looked very much in form, shoved out 0.56 seconds from her fastest time to book a place in the 200m final. The final event was no different, Okagbare’s form was clearly no match for anyone on the track as the sprint queen raced to a gold win in a time of 22.25 seconds. Team England followed in second, third and fourth place as Jodie Williams, Bianca Williams and Anyika Onuora all set new Personal Best (PB) records. Jamaica’s Anneisha McLaughlin, finished in fifth place with a Season’s Best (SB) of  22.68s. Glasgow 2014, is arguably the best international outing Okagbare has had throughout her career, with a total of three (two gold and one silver) medals from three events to show for it.  

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This article was first published on 26th September 2018


Achem Samuel is a writer and a musician, he is passionate about God and also an ardent fan of tech, sports and music.

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