Saturday 19 December 2015

Nigerian Sprinter Okagbare Beats Usain Bolt To Guinness World Record

Blessing Okagbare, beat record breaking star, Usain Bolt, to the 2016 Guinness world records feat as the athlete with the most diamond league appearances. Okagbare participated in 38 diamond league events higher than any other athlete in the world, according to the records. “Multi-discipline athlete, Blessing Okagbare from Nigeria participated at 38 Diamond league events between July 3, 2010 and September 5, 2014. Okagbare’s specialities are the 100m and 200m sprints and long jump,” the book said. 

The IAAF Diamond League is an annual series of track and field meetings held from 2010 till date and billed to hold again in London by 2016. The competition was designed to replace the IAAF Golden League, which held from 1998 to 2010. 

Though Bolt was awarded IAAF world athlete of the year in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, he is yet t to have as much appearances as the multi-talented Nigerian. Okagbare holds the women’s 100 metres Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds. She also has the 100 metres best of 10.79 as the African best in the female category of the race, while winning the African 100 metres and long jump event in 2010. In July, Dutch athlete, Dafne Schippers, at 10.92s, beat Okagbare—who clocked 10.98s – to the IAAF Diamond league trophy. Bolt has however won many other Guinness world records as the fastest man on earth.

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