Recently Blessing broke the African Record lowering it to 10.79 seconds; a feat that has been a long time coming for her as I had no doubt that among the current crop of African women sprinters, she stood the best chance of vanquishing it.
Blessing is a humble and very unassuming athlete who is a very hard worker that does not leave anything to chance despite her natural talent. I say despite because when some individuals realize they do have natural talents to be great in doing something in life they tend to take the lax approach to it, in Blessing’s case, she does not take anything for granted.
Blessing has come a long way from a onetime triple jumper, an event which earned her an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas at El Paso to the now current African record holder in the 100 meters for women.
Blessing was a back to back sprint titles champion in the 100 meters in the NCAA as well as the long Jump, performances which earned her honors of athlete of the year at UTEP.
She is at the cusp of becoming the very first ever African woman World Sprint Champion bringing the title of the fastest woman on earth to the African continent for the very first time as she is heavily favored to win the 100 meters at the ongoing 14th edition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships going on in Moscow, Russia from August 10th – 18th.
Early on in the year I had caught up with Blessing to talk about her career and spectacular performances that she has been putting up and also about her recent engagement to her fiancé something which brings a bright smile to her face when mentioned, here is that interview: (Please click audio link below to listen the interview)