Blessing Okagbare, Tobi Amusan, and Ese Brume are among the top Nigerian athletes who are set for the National Trials taking place in Lagos ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The National Trials, which will be used to select Nigeria’s contingent to the delayed Games of the XXXII Olympics in Tokyo, scheduled to hold from July 23 to August 8, 2021, will see 11 events taking place on opening day.
Fans will have the opportunity of watching their favourites, Blessing Okagbare (100m and 200m) competing alongside top athletes like Amusan (100mH), Brume (long jump), Grace Nwokocha (100m and 200m), Ruth Usoro (long and triple jump), Annette Echiunwoke (hammer) and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (shot put) among others.
The national championship is the flagship event of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) where the nation’s top athletes will converge to compete for honours and qualifications for major championships.
Blessing Okagbare will face the toughest hurdle at the national trials as she looks forward to winning her eighth national title.
The opening day of the Tokyo 2020 national trials will see Okagbare competing in the 100m alongside one of the finest on the track at the moment, Grace Nwokocha.
Recall that Blessing Okagbare won her last national championship in 2016, after winning it in 2009 to 2014 and also 2016, missing out only in 2015.
Despite her qualification for the Olympics, Okagbare will be hoping to continue her preparation for the games as she looks forward to another podium finish at the Olympics.
Okagbare’s season-best stands at 10.90secs, the result she achieved towards the end of May.