Nigerian former junior athlete, Kelechi Nwanaga has revealed a burning ambition to win gold at this year’s African Athletics Championship, scheduled for August 1 to 5 in Asaba, Delta State.
Nwanaga said, having dominated the junior category and got close to winning the title twice, next for her is to take the African senior title in Asaba.
The Enugu-born athlete who in earlier in the year is already in the country from her base in the USA where she is a freshman at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as she aims top spot in Asaba – to complement the All Africa Games gold she won 2015 in Congo Brazzaville.
She warmed her way into the hearts of athletics enthusiasts in that institution by throwing 51.64m to set a new school record.
Having picked up some useful tips from her school coach Koumelis, Nwanaga stated that she is bound to improve on her personal best of 58.15m.
Nwanaga said: “Everything we do is only by the grace of God. I’m ready for the championships with one aim of winning the gold.
“Before coming to back home I did 55.09 m so am looking at 64m by His grace. I only had one junior title which is the one we had at Ethiopia. I have had silver at the last African championships and so it is time to make it gold.”