By Ihunanya Okoye
Nigeria sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare Ighoteguonor has revealed that Nigeria won the women’s 4x100m race due to the huge trust that existed between the athletes which was non-existent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Okagbare further revealed that a teammate made her run difficult at the Commonwealth Games which proved the absent of trust among the athletes then.
She however said she feels good conquering the Ivoriens who paraded the latest African champion, Jose Maria Ta Lou.
“ I feel great and amazing beating Ivory Coast to the 4x100m gold medal. What really helped us win the 4x100m relay final was the trust we had for each other which was not there when we competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
At the Commonwealth Games, a teammate stepped on me while giving me the baton and it affected my run. In this race, we changed one or two things, infact, I was Put in my best position which is the back stretch and with my experience we excelled.”
On the 2018 CAA organization, Okagbare preached against condemnation. She posited that the 2018 CAA is not as bad as portrayed in the media while believing that the mistakes made in the planning of the competition will be corrected in future”.
“ I think the organisation of the competition was not as bad as portrayed. Everything has been great. Yes, there were challenges but I believe that Nigeria will learn from the mistakes”.
On Friday, Nigeria won gold in the 4 x100m final of the 2018 CAA in a time of 43.77seconds.