Nigerian sprints queen, Blessing Okagbare-Ighotegunor’s conqueror at the latest IAAF Diamond League race in Shanghai, China, Aleia Hobbs has opened up on the factors that helped her get a gold medal in her very first outing at this level, saying it was basically due to determination.
Although Hobbs alleged that she felt someone push her close to finish line of Saturday’s race, the American rookie says she was happy to hold out and edge in ahead of Okagbare-Ighotegunor.
Hot favourite for the win, Olympic Games’ double champion, Elaine Thompson was third, clocking 11.14, but it was Hobbs, the 2018 USA champion, who stole the show in her IAAF Diamond League debut.
After a convincing women’s 100m victory in 11.03secs, 0.04 clear of Okagbare-Ighotegunor, Hobbs disclosed further that she also had to brave pain from a heavily taped wrist she broke two weeks ago while playing laser tag with some children.
She went on to disclose that she told herself that the first route to victory was to get a good start, then stay focused and relaxed on taking the paces accurately, but admitted it did not turn out exactly that way.
Hobbs said: “I knew I had to have a good start, and I got out well but everything else was kind of blurred.
“Then I felt the push towards the end but I tried to stay relaxed and that’s what I did.”