Princess Kara, a gold medallist in the just-concluded third U-18 and 14th U-20 Confederation of African Athletics Championships in Cote d’Ivoire, says her late coach will be proud of her achievements.
Kara, who threw a personal best of 50.04m to win the U-20 category, told the News Agency of Nigeria before departure from Cote d’Ivoire that she was sure that her late coach would smile at her achievement from heaven.
“I am sure that my late coach will be smiling down from heaven about my achievements and be so proud of me,” she said.
NAN reports that the Delta State indigene lost her coach, Felix Opuana, on August 27, 2018.
She was ahead of Rima Ahmed of Egypt, who clinched second position and Ethiopia’s Tsehaye Teklu, who placed third.
Reacting to how she felt during the competition, Kara said her first throw, which turned out to be a personal best, encouraged her all through her throws.
She said: “The moment I did a first throw and found out it was a Personal Best, I was so happy and full of energy.
“And then, I did it again and threw another PB.
“It was the most shocking and surprising moment for me because I could not believe I actually threw that distance in my first throw.”
Kara was a gold medallist at the 2018 National Sports Festival in Abuja.
NAN reports that the team departed Cote d’Ivoire for Nigeria on Sunday.