Nigerian sprinter, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor on Friday, ran a disappointing 23.42 seconds to finish seventh in the 200metres of the ninth leg of the IAAF Diamond League in Rabat, Morocco.
The former Commonwealth Games double sprints queen was expected to race back into reckoning in Rabat from a series of uninspiring performances, after opening her Diamond League season with an impressive 10.90 seconds in the 100m in Doha, Qatar, last May.
She holds the fastest time in the event so far this year, following her 22.04 seconds Nigeria record-setting run in Abilene, Texas, USA, in March.
The Delta-born athlete, however, failed to fulfil expectations in the race won by Bahama’s Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who ran 22.29 seconds into a -0.5 m/s headwind.
Fast-rising Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, came second in 22.40 seconds, while 2015 NCAA champions, Prandini Jenna came third with 22.60 seconds. Cote D’Ivoire’s Muriel Ahoure, the other African in the race, finished fifth in 22.70 seconds.
In the 100m hurdles, reigning Commonwealth Games champion, Nigeria’s Tobilola Amusan, ran 12.87 seconds to place fifth.The U.S. made a clean sweep of the medals in the race, with McNeal Brianna coming first in 12.51 seconds, Nelvis Sharika finished second in 12.58 seconds, and Christian Manning in third with 12.72 seconds.