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Okagbare Finishes Second At Jamaica Invitational

Blessing Okagbare, still basking in the euphoria her triumph at the World Relays in The Bahamas, failed to reproduce her golden feat as she finished second in the women’s 100m event at the Jamaica International Invitational meet in Kingston. The Commonwealth champion, who ran the first leg for Nigeria’s 4x200m relay team in The Bahamas, was beaten by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson in Kingston.

Fast rising Thompson showed that she is the real deal, taking the event in a time of 10.97 – her second straight sub-11 seconds clocking, to beat Okagbare, 11.05 and Olympic and World champion Allyson Felix of the United Staes, 11.09 seconds, to second and third positions respectively.

Homeboy Asafa Powell clocked the first sub-10 seconds 100m of 2015 at the Jamaica Invitational, beating America’s Ryan Bailey and his fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter who also both dipped inside 10 seconds.

Powell raced out of the blocks, stepped high and crashed the tape in a world leading 9.84 seconds – his 87th sub-10 seconds run in his career, with Bailey, who gained ‘Public Enemy number one’ status among Jamaican fans, after a controversial celebration at last week’s IAAF World Relays taking second place in 9.98 seconds. Nesta Carter was third in 9.98 seconds.

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