Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor’s withdrawal from the sprint showdown with Marie Josee Ta Lou may have taken some shine away from the CAA African Athletics Championship, Asaba 2018 in Asaba, Delta State.

Officials were looking forward to a mouth watering clash between Okagbare and Ta Lou, but the Nigerian record holder in the 100m and 200m did not run in the heats decided yesterday.

It was gathered that she might not be running the 200m and probably the relays later in the Championships. It was not clear why Okagbre pulled out of the event.

However, sources close to the athlete say she is not fully fit and is looking to build up if she could compete in the relay.

Cote d’ Ivoire Ta Lou, the leading woman in the world this season is now expected to have a free ride to her first African Athletics Championships title with Ghana’s Janet Amponsah being the only athlete to pose any challenge.

Ta Lou post 11.25 seconds in the heats. Nigeria’s Joy Udo Gabriel and Mercy Ntia Obong are also in contention for the 100m title. The semi-finals will be decided today.