Nigerian and African track and field queen, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor gave sports fans a hint into what she treasures most with a post on her Instagram and Twitter account.
Want to know what is beautiful, sexy and priceless to me?
I hope you don’t trade it for anything in this world that has gone so plastic…
Want to know what is beautiful, sexy and priceless to me??
I hope you don’t trade it for anything in this world that has gone so plastic…💕💕 pic.twitter.com/GgHJG5Z0bd
— Blessing Okagbare (@mountain214) February 27, 2019
Born in Sapele, Delta state, in Nigeria. Given her athletic physique, she played football as a teenager and also took an interest in track and field. She participated in a number of disciplines early on, competing in the long jump, triple jump and high jump events at the Nigerian school championships and winning a medal in each. Okagbare’s first international outing came at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics, where she performed in the qualifying rounds of both the long and triple jump competitions.
Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor’s Loyalty to Nigeria cannot be questioned, as she is one of the most decorated track and field athletes the country has had for years. As a 19-year-old, she won a bronze medal in the women’s long jump event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Okagbare made the Olympics again in 2012 and 2016. Now 30 years old, she has her sight on Tokyo 2020.
Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor 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.