In spite of not getting enough rest ahead of the 3rd U–18 and 14th U-20 Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Championships, Nigeria’s Best Erhire, a high jump gold medallist at the competition, said that he aimed higher.
Erhire, who competed in the U-18 category, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Cote d’Ivoire that though he was grateful for the medal, he aimed higher than 2.08m recorded in the competition.
“I felt the goodness of God when I won the gold medal in spite of all the stress, the distance and little period for rest; God still gave me victory,” he said.
NAN reports that Joshua Onezime of Seychelles came second with a jump of 2.06m, while Egypt’s Zyad Fabraka came third with a jump of 2.04m.
He said that in spite of winning a gold medal, the competition was not as easy as everyone put in their best, saying that God and hardwork made him excel.
“Yes, I had an insight that I was going to win but to be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to be easy and it wasn’t easy at all I must say,” he said.
The 2018 National Sport Festival (NSF) bronze medallist said his improvement was as a result of grace and hardwork, saying that his fans should expect better result in the future.
“By God’s grace, more personal bests are still coming because the improvement so far has been on the shoulders of hard work and God’s grace,” he said.
The high jumper, who represented the country at the 2018 African Youth Games and finished fourth position, dedicated his gold medal to his country, mother, coach and fans.
“I will like to dedicate the medal to my mum, my coach, my country and everyone who has supported me in one way or the other,” he said.
In the women’s Triple Jump event, Nigeria recorded two medals in the two categories of the women’s event.
Onaara Obamuwagum jumped to a new personal best of 12.78m to win the U-20 category, while Grace Oshiokpu got a bronze medal in the U-18 category with a mark of 11.87m.
The competition which is scheduled for April 16 to April 20 has no fewer than 36 countries in attendance. (NAN)