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Okagbare Inducted Into Hall Of Fame At Texas University

Nigerian top female sprinter, Blessing Okagbare was on Friday inducted into the University of Texas El Paso Sports Hall of Fame, alongside four other products of the institution.

Okagbare was joined on the podium of honour at Larry K. Durham Sports Center by Antonio Davis (basketballer), Seth Joyner (footballer), Cynthia Ruelas-Macias (volleyballer) and Paul Stankowski (golfer).

Okagbare, who was shortlisted after UTEP called for nominations for the 2017 Hall of Fame earlier in the year, will also be honoured with the other inductees at the UTEP football team’s home game on Saturday.

This comes after Okagbare claimed double National Collegiate Athletics Association titles in the 100m and long jump in her senior year at UTEP, making her the first athlete in collegiate history to achieve such.

She was an 11-time All-American and a 15-time conference champion at UTEP, and won the 60m and long jump at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, setting a Meet Record of 6.87m in the long jump.

The 29-year-old sprinter-cum-jumper was also nominated  for the Bowerman Award – the highest honour given to collegiate track and field student-athletes. She was among the top-three for the award.

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