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Diamond League: Okagbare Chases 200m, Long Jump Honours

Oladipo Okubanjo

Fresh from her season’s best performance over the 100m at the Paris leg of the 2015 IAAF Diamond League event, Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare will today continue her search for points as she competes in the 200m and long jump competitions at the Athletissima, the ninth meeting of the Diamond League at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The commonwealth champion, it will be recalled, ran her first 200m at the Adidas Grand Prix (IAAF Diamond League) in New York, USA on June 13, 2015 placing second (22.67 ) behind America’s Tori Bowie (22.23).

Bowie will not be in Lausanne but world leader (21.98) and multiple world champion, Allyson Felix, poses a great threat to Okagbare in the race     Also confirmed for the race is Cote d’Ivoire’s Muriel Ahoure, who beat Okagbare to the silver medal of the event at the IAAF World Championships two years ago in Moscow, Russia.

Ahoure holds a personal season’s best of 22.29. In the long jump, Okagbare will compete against another reigning world leader, sprinter cum jumper Bartoletta Tianna (7.12 best and world lead). Meanwhile quartermiler, Regina George, will make her IAAF Diamond League debut in Laussane.

Touted as the genuine successor to reigning African 400m record holder, Falilat Ogunkoya, George holds a personal season’s best of 51.30 and on paper is the second slowest woman in the near star-studded field. She will be up against five time world champion, Sanya Richards-Ross and fellow American, Nathasa Hastings.

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