A United States-based female long jumper, Mercy Abire, who is currently a student-athlete at Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma, has committed herself to represent Nigeria.
Abire said she has committed her future towards representing Nigeria, though she struggled with education and due to lack of a coach at first, but she is now settled and aims to don the country’s colours soon.
“Before I left for the US, it was a struggle going to school far from where I trained, I failed many times but I never had it in mind to give up because I knew I am special and talented.
“Getting to the States; I also struggled, I had no long jump coach but still I had faith that with God, family and the support of some coaches in Nigeria, I will succeed.
“Although this year started on a rough note due to sickness, I had to start my season with a 5.70m but I strongly believe that I am going to end the season with a bigger one.
“I’m trusting God, the process and my coach, Bobby Carter, because he is the breakthrough I need and hoping that sometime soon I will represent Nigeria,” Abire recounted.
On April 29, Abire shattered her school’s record with a Personal Best (PB) of 6.43m in the Long Jump and 13.03m in the Triple Jump.
On May 11, the 21-year-old also leapt to a PB of 6.50m in Long Jump at Tulsa, Oklahoma, after all of which an Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) statistician, OlalekanSoetan said Abire is beginning to live up to expectations.
Soetan said he was impressed with her consistent jumps of over 6m this season, adding: “It can only mean that she has got things right.”