Monday, January 24, 2011

Okagbare, Tosin Oke Wins Africa Best Award

Africa’s new queen of track, Blessing Okagbare and Commonwealth Games triple jump gold medalist, Tosin Oke have both been adjudged as the best jumpers in Africa by a US base athletics magazine, the All- Athletics Magazine.
Both jumpers, who also have been nominated for the Nigeria Future Award young person of the year and Sports personality award in Nigeria, got the awards and nomination due to their performance in the year 2010. 
Okagbare scored a 100 m/long jump double at the NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship for University of Texas at El Paso, completing an undefeated collegiate streak in 2010. She won the Africa 100m title in Kenya during the 17th CAA Africa Senior Athletics Championships in 2010, running a time of 11.03 seconds.
In the 2010 season, Tosin Oke jumped a series of personal bests indoors, finishing with 16.89m in Birmingham. In the Outdoors, he opened up with a short approach competition at the Loughborough international, and in his second competition broke the British Athletics League record with 17.05m at Copthall, Hendon. In his finest season so far, he went on to win the 2010 African Championships in Nairobi, Kenya with a personal best jump of 17.22m, 1 cm off the Championship record, and to top it off, became the 2010 Commonwealth Games Champion in New Delhi, India with his second furthest jump ever - 17.16m.

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