Blessing Okagbare has sent some words to Nigerians: ”I’m sorry I couldn’t win any medal here. I worked so hard, spent resources to prepare well only to be frustrated by injury.
I knew what the expectations were and I really wanted to live up to them. But here I am. I’m sorry.”
The sprinter who won bronze in the Long Jump event of the Beijing Olympics could not qualify for the final of same event here. Before then, she had reached the final of the
100m event winning in all her heats but placing last with a time of 11.01 after posting two personal best times running 10.93 seconds and 10.92 in the first heat and the semifinal respectively.
When it mattered most Blessing ran in pain as she had scooped injury. ”I have pains. It’s a cramp,” she said as she left the stadium after the final.
Many sports buffs had expressed fear that the pressure on Blessing might make her crack at the London Games. The whole country relied on her for a possible gold medal.
Nigeria would celebrate if a bronze medal comes their way. Their athletes fell here on a daily basis. The Games end tomorrow.