Whoever said you can’t be a jack of all trade and master of all hasn’t met the highly talented Nigerian athlete and multiple record holder Blessing Okagbare who has excelled in all her chosen fields and has evidently brought great pride and honor to the green and white nation, Nigeria. In celebration of her achievements, she was awarded the 2013 Nigerian athlete of the year.
The Nigerian track and field athlete who have won a total of 13 medals in international track and field events as a long jump and sprint athlete has just won another gold in the 2014 commonwealth games in Glasgow with the games fastest time ever of 10.85 seconds making her the 2nd fastest woman in 100 meter history.
Blessing was born in Sapele, Delta state Nigeria. She started off as a footballer when she was a teenager and later embraced her lover for track and field events in 2004 and went on to win her first medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics for long jump . She has had a very successful career, winning 6 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze in various international competitions.
She currently holds the African record for 100 meters at 10.79 seconds after breaking the 25 years record of 10.90s held by another Nigerian athlete Glory Alozie since 1998. She also holds the commonwealth games record of 10.85 seconds.