Lagos – A Lagos-based athletics club, Esteem, hopes to present four athletes, including a gold medallist at the 2015 Lagos State Sports Festival to the country’s team for the World Junior Championships.
The club’s Coach, Uruemu Adu, expressed the hope in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.
Adu spoke on the preparations for the forthcoming International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships.
He said that as the competition drew near, he was redirecting the gold medallist, Ruth Usoro’s focus to 100m and 200m sprints.
Usoro had at the Lagos State Sports Festival, tagged “2015 Ibile Games’’, won three gold medals in 100m, 200m and long jump and was the most outstanding female athlete at the competition.
“For now, she is known for long jump, she was third in the last All Nigeria Athletics Championships in Warri last year.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
“For this year, as we work towards the World Junior Championships, I want to see more of the sprinting part of her; we are looking at her doing the 100m and 200m.
“I know it is going to be tough, but she has all it takes; the emphasis is more on the sprints. In the long jump, we are looking at her doing over 6.50 metres.
“The sprint is where we are concerned so that she will be able to make Nigeria’s team. As they say, she is the Blessing Okagbare in the making.
“So, there is something missing, and that is the sprint and that is the area I am working on for now,’’ Adu said.
The coach said that Usoro whose training partner is Nkem Ezealah, one of Nigeria’s best athletes had been training tirelessly.
He also noted that Usoro had always dreamt of combining sprints and field events, adding that the D.K. Olukoya U-18 Athletics Championships would be used to determine her improvement.
“She has been responding very well to training and she has one of the best training partners. We are working towards D.K Olukoya championships.
“She has always wanted to combine sprints and field events. This is the time to showcase her.
“And I am hopeful that no fewer than four of my athletes will go for the World Junior Championships in July in Poland,’’ he said. (NAN)