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Track Beauty of the Week: Ezinne Okparaebo
July 9, 2011Posted by on
Ezinne Okparaebo is this week’s track beauty!
The Nigerian-born Okparaebo has been living in Norway since the age of nine. The sprinter holds Norwegian records in the 100m and 60m dashes. She was also part of the quartet that set the Norwegian benchmark in the 4x100m relay back in 2008.
Photos from Wikipedia and Ezinne’s Facebook fan page
Okparaebo saw much success as a junior, winning the 100m dash gold at the 2007 European Championships. A year later, she reached the second round of the century dash at the Beijing Olympic Games, setting a new personal best of 11.32s in the heats.
At the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, the Norwegian ran 11.23s twice, rewriting the national mark. Okparaebo, however, missed out on a podium finish.
She redeemed herself at the European Indoor Championships in Paris. This time around, the pint-sized sprinter won the 60m dash bronze, stopping the clock in 7.20s – one notch lower and one-hundredths of a second faster than her silver medal in Torino two years earlier.
Photos from Ezinne’s Facebook fan page
Her achievements, at such a young age, is considerable. Expect the ever-smiling Norwegian to be a global contender in the coming years.
Article by Joboy Quintos