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Biography/Profile/History Of Africa’s fastest woman & Olympic Long jump Bronze Medallist”Blessing Okagbare”


Sapele, Nigeria
High School:
Z.K. Grammar School
Last College:
Delta State University

Miner Nuggets: Bronze medalist in the long jump at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with a personal best of 6.91 (22-8) for Nigeria.4dc931c8-e440-4757-b766-2a7f35c718a6

2009: Indoor: Redshirted. Outdoor: Finished fifth in the triple jump and eight in the long jump at the 2009 NCAA Championships to earn USTFCCCA All-America honors, was ninth in the 100-meter dash … tabbed the Mountain Region Field Athlete of the Year … earned Conference USA Performance and High Point Scorer of the Meet … named a Honda Collegiate Women Sports Award nominee … Midwest Region champion in the long jump with a leap of 6. 65m (21-10), third in the triple, 13.47m (44-02.50) … claimed four crowns at the C-USA Championships with gold in the 100m (11.21), long jump (6.90m), triple jump (13.73m) and as the anchor for the 4x100m relay (45.04) … first in the 100-meter dash clocking in a PR of 11.21 at the Don Kirby Invitational … part of the 4×100 and 4×200 relays that took second at the Drake Relays with times of 44.92 and 1:35.43 respectively … UTEP Invitational champion in the long jump (6.86m) and in the 4x100m relay (45.25) … second in the triple jump at the Texas Relays (44-04.25) and sixth with the 400-meter relay … top finish in the long jump (6.44m) and 4x100m relay (45.36) at the Springtime Invitational.article-2708903-201326A800000578-7_634x416

2008 (Junior): Indoor:
Earned a pair of All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships, taking silver in the long jump (6.63) and fourth in the triple (13.57), leading UTEP to a 13th place finish…named the USTFCCCA Women’s Field Athlete of the Year and the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Female Newcomer of the Year…claimed the C-USA Championship crowns in the long and triple jumps en route to breaking the UTEP and C-USA records in both events…the mark of 6.65 (21-10.00) in the long jump was second best NCAA as she headed into the national meet ranked top three in both events.bless

Outdoor: Three-time All-American, taking silver in the triple jump with a PR and school record mark of 14.01 (45-11.75), third in the long jump, 6.59 (21-7 ½), and ran anchor for the sixth place 4×100-meter team…led the women to the best finish ever, 10th, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships…named the USTFCCA Mountain Region Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Female Newcomer of the Year…Conference USA long jump and triple jump champion…set C-USA records in the triple with a jump of 13.86 (45-5.75) and in the long jump with a mark of 6.7 (21-11.75)…set a UTEP and regional qualifying mark in her first outing in the long jump at the Springtime Invitational, 6.78 (22-3), at the time the world’s best mark of the year and a Kidd Field record…helped the Miner women rank as high as sixth nationally during the season…finished second in the long jump, 6.41 (21-00.5) at the Drake Relays…a two-time C-USA Athlete of the Week.199719_heroa

Before UTEP:
Set a one-time record for Nigeria at the Mobile Track and Field Championships in May 2007 by finishing with a leap of 14.13 meters in the triple jump … earned a silver medal in the long jump and finished fourth in the triple jump at the All-Africa Games in May 2007 … competed at the World Junior Championships in 2006.

Personal: General studies major … daughter of Margaret and Francis Okagbare … born Oct. 9, 1988, in Sapele, Nigeria.,

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