Blessing Okagbare is a long jump and short sprint athlete from Nigeria. Throughout here career, she has claimed many accomplishments in not one, but four different events. In the start of her career she competed in long jump, triple jump, 100m and 200m races. Okagbare was an Olympic Bronze medalist in the 2008 Games at just 19 years old. Blesssing is an Olympic and World medalist in the long jump, World medalist in the 200m and African Record Holder in the 100m. From there, Okagbare has continued to shine on both the national and world level of track & field competition.
Blessing had a tremendous come back at the 2008 Olympic Games after finishing 13th in the qualifying round of the long jump. Another athlete that had qualified ahead of her was disqualified, brining Okagbare into the top 12, which gave her the ultimate opportunity to come up to 3rd place in the finals and take home the Olympic Bronze Medal.
Even though Okagbare already had an Olympic medal, she didn’t slow down. In fact, she only continued to add to her accomplishments. While at the University of Texas El Paso, she was named USTFCCA Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. She also was a 4 time Gold Medalsit at C-USA Championships in the 100m, Long Jump, Triple Jump and 4x100m Relay.
In 2010, Okagbare won 3 gold medals at the African Championships in the 100m, Long Jump and 4x100m Relay. She also won a bronze medal at the Continental Cup in the 100m. In 2011, Okagbare made her presence known at the All-Africa Games taking home two gold medals and one silver.
In 2012, Okagbare traveled to the Olympics held in London once again after placing in 2 events at the African Championships. Okagbare took home a gold medal in the long jump and silver in the 100m. In London, she set a personal best in the 100m and made it to the final race of competition, but finished just short of a medal.
2013 was a breakthrough year for Okagbare. Throughout the year, Okagbare set a new personal best in the 200m, improved her personal best in the long jump and set a new African Record in the 100m. At the 2013 World Championships, Okagbare competed in 3 three events and medaled in two taking home a silver in the long jump and bronze in the 200m. She finished 6th in the 100m finals with a run of 11.04. Currently Okagbare is ranked 5th overall in the world in women’s track & field athletes.
Okagbare has become an icon in Nigeria and was recognized by the president at the close of last season. With an exciting season behind her, Okagbare sets her sight to continue her upward growth in the upcoming season.
Blessing was born on October 9, 1988 in Sapele, Nigeria. She began her athletic career as a soccer player in high school, but quickly discovered her passion for track. Blessing left Nigeria to attend college in the United States. She attended Delta State University before transferring to University of Texas El Paso where she was a General Studies major.
Blessing is currently world-ranked 1st in women’s long jump, and 2nd in women’s 100m. Her honors include: Olympic Bronze medal, World Championships Silver and Bronze medals, All-Africa Gold medal, and she’s the current African Record holder for 100m.
2012 Olympic Games 4th place 4x100m relay and 8th place 100m, 2011 World Championships 5th place 100m and 6th place 4x100m relay, 2008 Olympic Long Jump Bronze Medalist 3-time NCAA Champion, 2013 World Championships 200m Bronze Medalist, 2013 World Championships Long Jump Silver Medalist