A fast-rising female discus thrower, Utitofon James has set her sight on being selected in Nigeria’s contingent to this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, following her stunning breakthrough in domestic competitions, megasportsarena.com reports.
The flight to Tokyo is already on James’ mind, after she set a new personal best 49.70m in the women’s discus event at the 2nd Evaluation Meet organized by the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) at Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure.
In the wake of her remarkable throw, James disclosed that making Nigeria’s team to Tokyo is her next target, which she hopes to confirm when she competes at the severally postponed National Sports Festival in Edo State.
The fast-rising athlete, who earlier placed second behind Princess Kara at the 2019 African Games trials in Kaduna, added that lack of sponsors has stalled her performance in previous competitions.
While appealing to individual and corporate bodies to kindly help her financially, in order to achieve her dream of becoming a better athlete, the new national champion said she was excited with her ability to win a gold medal at the 2nd AFN All Comers.
James told aclsports.com: “I am very happy improving from my previous throw of 46.08m to 49.70m. For me throwing a new Personal Best really means a lot to me.
“It shows that the work I have been putting in training is not in vain. My target for this year is to throw more personal bests and making the Olympics team by God’s grace. My main aim at the National Sports Festival is to get the Olympic standard mark.
“I have been facing a lot of challenges but the main one is lack of sponsors. I believe if I can get a sponsor, I will do better than before.”