Okagbare, Amusan Chase Cash As IAAF Diamond League End


Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor reacts after winning the women’s 100m event at the Diamond League athletics meeting in Shanghai on May 17, 2015. AFP

Nigeria’s duo Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and 100m hurdler, Tobi Amusan are among world top athletes who will be vying for the top prizes as the IAAF Diamond League reaches its climax.

The first of the final will be decided today in Weltklasse Zurich, Switzerland, while the other leg will be run on Friday at the AG Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium.

In Zurich Okagbare will run the 100m having placed 4th in the standings with 19points. She face the likes of Marie Josee Ta Lou, Murielle Ahoure, Elaine Johnson Dafne Schippers, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Dina Asher-Smith and Carina Horn. The winner takes it all top prize is $50,000.

Amusan, who made her debute in the Diamond League this season booked her place in the final with 12 points. With the Commonwealth Games and Africa Championships gold under belt Amusa will come face to face with Olympic Champion, Brianna McNeal; World Record holder, Kendra Harrison of USA and teammate, Sharika Nelvis; World Champion, Danielle Williams; Nadine Visser of the Netherlands; and American duo of Christina Manning and Dawn Harper-Nelson.