Nigeria’s queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor finished second in the women’s 200m at the Jamaica International Invitational on Saturday.
Okagbare clocked 22.66 seconds behind Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson in 22.55 seconds while American World 400m champion Phyllis Francis finished third in 22.76 seconds.
The Nigerian was on the verge of winning the race before Jackson who trailed off the curve, caught and beat Okagbare to the title.
Okagbare continues her good form in Jamaica following her second place finish in the 100m women’s event three years ago.
The Commonwealth champion has maintained a good run in the Diamond League this season. Two weeks ago, she clocked a season’s best (SB) of 10.90 seconds as she finished second in the women’s 100m at the Doha Diamond League behind Ivory Coast’s Marie Josee Ta Lou.
She also shattered 200m Women’s African record of 22.07 seconds which stood for 22 years, setting a new African record of 22.04 seconds at the Wes Kittley Invitational in March.