Okagbare rubs out 15-year-old Facility Record in Eugene Diamond League win

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Nigeria Sprints Queen, Blessing Okagbare made it back-to-back Diamond League wins for herself as she stormed to a Season’s Best of 22.05s (+1.9) to win the women’s 200m in Eugene.

Okagbare, who upset Marie Jose TaLou to take the win in the 100m at the Rabat Diamond League earlier in June, put in a big shift to claim her second straight DL win on Sunday.

Stepping out to the Cobb Track & Angell Field in Eugene for her 10th appearance at the Stadium, Okagbare, who had elite athletes in Elaine Thompson, Dina Asher-Smith and Salwer Eid-Naser to contend with, did well to come out of the bend first and hold on to her lead before making a spirited finish to claim the 200m win.

She stopped the clock at 22.05s which is not only her best record in the event this season but also a new record for the Stanford Facility. The Nigerian’s time rubs out the Facility Record set by LaTasha Colander in 2004.

Notably, Okagbare’s time is the world’s second fastest ran in the women’s 200m this season, only bettered by Thompson’s 22.00 set in Kingston, Jamaica last week.

Meanwhile, Thompson finished 2nd in Sunday’s race in a distant 22.21s while Asher-Smith settled for third place with a time of 22.42s.

With her great form, Okagbare has proven beyond doubt that she will be a big contender for 100m and 200m titles at the World Athletics Championships in Doha coming up in September.

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