Doha Diamond League RECAP: Nigeria’s Okagbare 2nd in 100m & Bahrain’s Adekoya wins 400m hurdles!

10 May

The 1st leg of the 2014 International Diamond League Circuit was completed in Doha on Friday (May 9th), and the race of focus for Nigerian fans was undoubtedly the women’s 100m, where the fast finishing Blessing Okagbare posted 11.18s but was ultimately held off by Jamaica’s ‘Pocket Rocket’, Double Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who clinched the win in 11.13s:

Fraser-Pryce thus stretched her head-to-head in the 100m with Okagbare to 13-3, but the Nigerian Double World Championship Medallist keeps getting closer and it will be interesting to see if she will be able to beat Fraser-Pryce this season, especially when it matters the most at the Commonwealth Games, where both athletes are expected to attempt the 100m/200m double! One thing is for certain, Blessing will need a more explosive start so that she doesn’t have too much ground to make up in the final stages of their match-ups.

While Okagbare was the only athlete representing Nigeria in Doha, there were a couple of former Nigerian Athletes representing their adopted nations very well. The biggest surprise of the night was undoubtedly in the 400m Hurdles, where the virtually unknown Kemi Adekoya, in her first race representing Bahrain, won convincingly ahead of a world class field in 54.59s, in the process setting a new National Record and a world leading time this season! That she did this from Lane 1 should serve as an ominous sign for her rivals in the 400m hurdles this season. It is a travesty the Team Nigeria cannot get the best out of our amazingly talented athletes, and that they have to seek greener pastures elsewhere to start fulfilling their great potential. What are we doing wrong? Here is what Adekoya had to say after her win (in her unmistakably Nigerian accent):

Finally, Nickel Ashmeade and Warren Weir made it a Jamaican 1-2 in the men’s 200 metres, but the third place finisher was Qatari athlete Femi Ogunode, who finished in a very respectable 20.38s. You guessed it – Ogunode is yet another Nigerian flying the flag for Qatar, whom he has competed for since 2010. He followed the footsteps of Asian 100m Record Holder Samuel Francis, who made the same switch in 2007 and promptly became the fastest man ever in Asia with the only sub-10 run (9.99s) in their history! Ogunode has already had a fantastic indoor season this year, where he won Bronze in the 60 metres at the the World Indoor Championships in March in a time of 6.52s. Interestingly, Femi’s younger brother, Tosin Ogunode, made his debut for Qatar this year, and promptly became the Asian 60m Record Holder with a time of 6.50s!

When will Nigeria start getting the best of out of our athletes and keep them competing for the Green-White-Green of the nation? Post/tweet with the hashtag #FormerNigerianAthletes to join in the discussion on the Making of Champions Facebook & Twitter pages!

 

 

8 Responses to “Doha Diamond League RECAP: Nigeria’s Okagbare 2nd in 100m & Bahrain’s Adekoya wins 400m hurdles!”

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  1. Blessing Okagbare & Regina George in Shanghai Diamond League Tomorrow! | Making of Champions - May 17, 2014

    […] outdoor season, winning the 100m at the Jamaica Invitational in 11.19s, and following that with an 11.18s run at the Doha  Diamond League, where she finished in 2nd place behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pr…. This time around, Okagbare will be taking on the world’s best in the 200m, an event she won […]

  2. Nigerian Athletes competing well EVERYWHERE…EXCEPT NIGERIA!!! | Making of Champions - May 19, 2014

    […] the world does? The shocking story of Kemi Adekoya’s switch to Bahrain, for whom she set a new Bahraini record in the 400m Hurdles in Qatar on May 9th, has been reverberating around the Athletics […]

  3. Blessing Okagbare goes for another Diamond League Double in Eugene, USA! | Making of Champions - May 29, 2014

    […] could also feature Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya, who just switched her allegiance from Nigeria, announcing her arrival with a new National Record for Bahrain at the Doha Diamond League earlier thi…, the fastest time in the world this […]

  4. Blessing sets new 200m PB of 22.24s, but finishes 2nd to Bowie’s shock victory! | Making of Champions - May 31, 2014

    […] has been in fine form this season – she’s run the 100m in a 11.19s win in Jamaica and 11.18s 2nd place in Doha behind Fraser-Pryce, while she claimed 200m and Long Jump victories on the same night in Shanghai two weeks ago (it […]

  5. Blessing sets new 200m PB of 22.23s, but finishes 2nd to Bowie’s shock victory! | Making of Champions - June 1, 2014

    […] fine form this season – she’s run the 100m in an 11.19 second win in Jamaica and an 11.18 second 2nd place in Doha behind Fraser-Pryce, while she claimed 200m and Long Jump victories on the same night in Shanghai a couple weeks ago […]

  6. Nigeria’s new American Athletes – Should they be running for Nigeria??? | Making of Champions - June 30, 2014

    […] who are not good enough to compete for USA, while we lose our best World-Class talents, such as Kemi Adekoya and Femi Ogunode, to the likes of Bahrain and Qatar respectively? Essentially, it would appear that […]

  7. Are Nigeria’s Mercenary Athletes Eligible to run for Nigeria??? | Sports with Enee - July 6, 2014

    […] who are not good enough to compete for USA, while we lose our best World-Class talents, such as Kemi Adekoya and Femi Ogunode, to the likes of Bahrain and Qatar respectively? Essentially, it would appear […]

  8. Another $50,000 up for grabs, as Okagbare chases 200m African Record & Diamond League Trophy! | Making of Champions - September 4, 2014

    […] the women’s 400m hurdles, Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya (54.59s) who controversially switched from competing for Nigeria to Bahrain this year, will be competing against the fastest woman in the event this year, Kaliese Spencer (53.41s), […]

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