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Okagbare sets new tournament record in Slovak

By Olalekan Okusan

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare continued her preparation for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as the former African champion produced the first sub-11-second 100m run on Slovak soil when winning at the P-T-S Meeting – a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver competition – in Samorin on Wednesday.

According to World Athletics website, the world and Olympic medallist dominated the race, winning by almost half a second in 10.98 (-0.1m/s) with Ireland’s Ciara Neville a distant second (11.47).

Panama’s Alonso Edward pulled off a sprint double in what was his first competition of the year. The 2009 world silver medallist won the 100m in 10.18 (0.6m/s) and the 200m in 20.22 (-0.1m/s), his fastest times since 2018.

USA’s Michael Rodgers finished second in the 100m (10.23) while Yancarlos Martinez was the 200m runner-up, clocking 20.35.

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