Okagbare, Odumosu jostle for Penn Relays medals

US’ Tianna Madison (L) and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare compete in the women’s 100m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 3, 2012 in London. Nigerian women sprinters are hoping to record world class performances and win medals as the Penn Relays reach its climax today in Penn Relays in Philadelphia, USA.

The event began on Thursday amidst heightened security measures after the Boston Marathon bombing penultimate Sunday.

Blessing Okagbare, Endurance Abinuwa, Gloria Asumnu and Olivia Kazie represented Nigeria in the 4x100m, while Ajoke Odumosu, Bukky Abogunloko, Regina George and Idara Otuh filed out for the women 4x400m. Coach Innocent Egbunike and Victor Omagbemi accompanied the athletes.

“The Penn Relays will give us the chance to see where we are as we approach the outdoor season. We’ve seen some encouraging displays already at the European Indoors and also some strong performances last weekend,” said British Athletics coach, Terrence Mahon.

“I have no doubt that the team assembled have every chance of winning the first medal for Great  Britain at the event, but as with every year, the relays attract some strong opposition, so we’ll have to be at our very best.”

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