Obisesan eyes first African title in hammer throw

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Nigeria women’s hammer throw record holder Queen Obisesan is hoping to claim a first gold medal at the African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Delta State billed to start on August 1.

Obisesan is now looking to finish tops by putting up a display and a possible personal best at the African championships in Asaba, Delta State after a disappointing outing at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia this year.

“I am working towards it (winning gold), I hope all goes well, I am believing in God for a good outing and have another new personal best,” the reigning Nigeria hammer throw champion declared.

Obisesan who has a personal best throw of 66.86m this year, is highly-rated among the field of women hammer throwers in Africa and is already tipped to finish in the medal zone.

Despite the disappointment of the Commonwealth Games remaining fresh, Obisesan now holds the view that her fifth place finish at the Gold Coast Games represents a learning curve for her.

She assured of forging ahead rather than dwell on missed opportunities and has already identified likely threats to her gold medal ambition, adding that she is aiming to improve.

“The Commonwealth Games is gone, and lessons have been learnt and so I am working towards a better African Championships. I know It could have been better at the Commonwealth Games, but I am only looking forward and not staying in the past.

“I know the Senegalese and the Burkina Faso throwers are there, but I am not focusing on anybody and I am not underestimating anybody, I am working to better myself and improve very well,” she said.

© The Predictor NG

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