Blessing Okagbare was suspended for HGH
BLESSING OKAGBARE OF NIGERIA PROVISIONALLY SUSPENDED
AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE
31 JULY 2021, MONACO: The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria today with immediate effect after a sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for Human Growth Hormone.
Growth Hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) A prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.
The AIU collected the sample from Ms. Okagbare during an out-of-competition test on 19 July. The WADA-accredited laboratory that analyzed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding at mid-day Central European Time yesterday, Friday 30 July.
The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo. She was scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the women’s 100 this evening.
The AIU will make no further comment on this matter at this time.
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Blessing Okagbare runs 10.63.+2.7 (video)
Blessing Okagbare says she is ready to roll in Tokyo at the Olympics.>And Nigerians believe her on the strength of her historic race at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Olympic Trials at the Sports Complex of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos.
On Thursday, the 32-year-old Blessing Okagbare won her 8th national 100m title in a wind-aided 10.63 seconds (the clock stopped at 10.62) but later rounded it up. Rosemary Chukwuma was second in 11.07, and Grace Nwokokocha was third in 11.11. Both times were under the Olympic qualifier of 11.15 but were not counted as qualifiers due to the following wind of +2.7 m/s.
The race that won Okagbare her eighth national title would have tied Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s time of 10.63 (+1.3 m/s) set earlier in the month.
Okagbare’s run would have also been tied as the 2021 world lead and set new national and African records. The current record of Marie Talou of the Ivory Coast is 10.78. Okgabare official PB was 10.79 set 8 years ago.
Okagbare says the race has given her renewed confidence in a memorable performance at the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
She has not run in any final of the sprint events since 2015, when she raced to 11.02 seconds to finish in place eighth at the World Athletics Championship in Beijing, China.
A set of results was going around on the Internet, stating the wind reading was +1.7 m/s for the race. But as and can find no official results on the internet.
We will wait for Nigeria Athletics and World Athletics to verify the wind reading. However, until advised otherwise, we will stick with the reports of the +2.7 m/s tailwind.
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