Nigeria Sprint Queen, Blessing Okagbare on Saturday ran a new personal best (PB) at the 2018 Wes Kittley Invitational at Abilene, Texas.
Okagbare ran an impressive 22.04 seconds in the 200m event in her first competitive race of the season surpassing her previous record of 22.23 seconds in 2014. Her new African record beats the 22.07 seconds set by former Nigerian Queen of the track, Mary Onyali in Weltklasse, Zurich in 1996.
The former African champion who is the 100m record holder with 10.79 seconds is now considered as the new 200m record holder after her impressive run on Saturday in Texas.
All eyes will once again be on Okagbare when the 2018 Commonwealth Games kicksoff in Australia as she look to defend her double title in the 100m and 200m event.
Okagbare recorded a Games record (GR) of 10.58 seconds in the 100m and made it a double with a 22.25 seconds in the 200m event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Nigeria were ranked the 8th team finishing with 36 medals, 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals.
XXI Commonwealth Games will begin on April 4 and come to a close on April 15.