blessing Okagbare


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  • Gender: Female
  • Career: Athletics (Sports)
  • Events: Long jump, sprints
  • Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11)
  • Weight: 71 kg (157 lb)
  • Nationality: Nigeria
  • State: Sapele, Delta State
  • Date of Birth: 09 OCT
  • Active Years: 2005 - present
  • Level: Professional
Blessing Okagbare (born 9 October 1988) is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specializes in long jumping and short sprints. She is an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump, and a world medalist in the 200 metres. She also holds the Women's 100 metres Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds.
Her 100 m best of 10.79 made her the African record holder for the event until it was eclipsed by Murielle Ahouré in 2016. She is the current African record holder in the 200 m with her run of 22.04 seconds in 2018. She was the African 100 m and long jump champion in 2010. She has also won medals at the All-Africa Games, IAAF Continental Cup and World Relays.

She has come a long way from her first medal win in 2004 at the Nigerian National Sports Festival and years later, after winning an Olympic medal at 19, setting multiple records on the national and international stage, she continues to compete with even more passion and determination than the first time she set her foot on a track.
At the Commonwealth Games in 2014, in addition to breaking and setting a record in women’s 100m, she became the fourth woman ever to win the 100m and 200m double at the Commonwealth Game! She was subsequently conferred with the national honour of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for her achievements.
As a standout college athlete winning multiple NCAA medals for University of Texas, El- Paso, she has been inducted into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Blessing is more than an athlete. She is passionate about helping Nigerian children and youths achieve their dreams and is an advocate for women empowerment. Off the track, she has been able to further her passion for helping others through the initiatives of her foundation.
The Blessing Okagbare Foundation- where her mission is to help children, young adults and women of all backgrounds achieve their dreams and step out of the box. She continues to strive for greatness, to keep learning and to be an inspiration for the next generation.

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Record and Achievements

Olympic Games

Year : 2008 Beijing
Event: Long jump

World Championships

2013 Moscow Long jump

2013 Moscow 200 m

Commonwealth Games

Gold – 2014 Glasgow 100 m
Gold – 2014 Glasgow 200 m
Silver – 2014 Glasgow 4×100 m relay
Bronze – 2018 Gold Coast 4×100 m relay

All-Africa Games

Gold – 2011 Maputo Long jump
Gold – 2011 Maputo 4×100 m relay
Gold – 2015 Brazzaville 4×100 m relay
Silver – 2007 Algiers Long jump
Silver – 2011 Maputo 100 m

African Championships

Gold – 2010 Nairobi 100 m
Gold – 2010 Nairobi Long jump
Gold – 2010 Nairobi 4×100 m relay
Gold – 2014 Marrakesh 100 m
Gold – 2014 Marrakesh 4×100 m relay
Gold – 2018 Asaba 4×100 m relay
Silver – 2012 Benin 100 m

IAAF World Relays

Gold – 2015 Nassau 4×200 m relay

Continental Cup

Bronze – 2010 Split 100 m

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 6th (q) Long jump 5.97 m
8th (q) Triple jump 12.81 m
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 2nd Long jump 6.46 m
4th Triple jump 13.77 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 3rd Long jump 6.91 m
2010 African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 1st 100 m 11.03
1st Long jump 6.62 m
1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.45 CR
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 3rd 100 m 11.14
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 43.88
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 5th 100 m 11.12
9th (q) Long jump 6.36 m
6th 4 × 100 m relay 42.93
All-Africa Games Maputo, Mozambique 2nd 100 m 11.01 w
1st Long jump 6.50 m w
1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.34
2012 African Championships Porto-Novo, Benin 2nd 100 m 11.18
1st Long jump 6.96 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 8th 100 m 11.01
7th (q) Long jump 6.34 m
4th 4 × 100 m relay 42.64
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 6th 100 m 11.04
3rd 200 m 22.32
2nd Long jump 6.99 m
2014 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 4th 4 × 100 m relay 42.67
Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 1st 100 m 10.85 GR
1st 200 m 22.25
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 42.92
African Championships Marrakesh, Morocco 1st 100 m 11.00
1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.56
2015 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 7th 4 × 100 m relay 42.99
1st 4 × 200 m relay 1:30.52
World Championships Beijing, China 8th 100 m 11.02
African Games Brazzaville, Congo 1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.10
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd (sf) 100 m 11.09
5th (sf) 200 m 22.69
8th 4 × 100 m relay 43.21
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 4th (sf) 100 m 11.08
8th Long jump 6.55 m
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 3rd 4 × 100 m relay 42.75
African Championships Asaba, Nigeria 1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.77
2019 African Games Rabat, Morocco 4th (h) 100 m 11.531
1st (h) 4 × 100 m relay 43.49
World Championships Doha, Qatar 200 m DQ


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First sport

Blessing Okagbare

I was tomboy when I was younger and I used to play football on the streets with the guys. I later played for fun for my high school. I did enjoy playing the game, but I got scared. I was really fast when I had the ball but people would use me as a target and start kicking me. That was the moment I thought, 'I’m not sure if I want to do this'..

First athletics coach

His name is Daniel. He started coaching me when I was 14 or 15. He was very inspirational. He was the one who first told me to think about whether I was prepared to do the practise if I wanted to reach the top. He was a little tough.

First races

Some of the first races I remember were on the street, competing against and beating the guys. My first organised race came after my sister told a PE teacher that I could ‘really run’; that teacher then paid for me to go to my first race. I blew everyone away over 100m on a grass field and that’s how it started.

Professional Experience

First overseas athletics trip

It was to China for the 2006 World Junior Championships. I remember I was so excited to get on a plane, but I was more preoccupied at looking at everything on the flight and taking everything in rather than looking after myself and preparing for a big competition. I got a cold on the flight and became quite sick. I didn’t do well in China and I didn’t make the final of the long jump or triple jump.

First international medal

My first medal came at the 2007 African Games which took place in Algeria. I was still young and learning. I was a little kid back then and very naive. Yet I had fun in the competition and ended up doing pretty well. I finished fourth in the triple jump and won a silver medal in the long jump.

First media interview

I competed at a local high school sport event in the long jump and high jump, and the local newspaper interviewed me. I was really shy and I didn’t really know what to say other than I’m really happy I won. I used to buy all the newspapers I appeared in and kept them. Sometimes today I read them as a reminder to see how far I've come. It helps me stay focused

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