Asaba 2018: This Is What A Gold Medal Means To Nigeria’s Chukwuebuka
Enekwechi Chukwuebuka has, on more than one occasion, missed out on gold medal at African and international championships.
He was runner up at the 2016 NCAA Championships in shot put and sixth in the hammer. He participated in the 2017 World Championships but did not make it out of the qualifying round.
En route Nigeria for the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, he was determined to get his first gold medal at the major championship.
He went on to achieve that feat, and he knows what that really means to him and his career.
Chukwuebuka won Nigeria’s second gold in Asaba 2018, in men's shot put, beating Egypt’s Mohamed Khalifa and third place finisher, Kyle Blignaut
“A lot of things happened in past competitions I have competed in. I ran into trouble in some by not getting adequate preparation.”
Enekwechi was full of emotions when he won silver at the 2016 NCAA Championships, he recalled the moment.
“Getting a silver medal at that time was a very big one for me. It was the first time things went according to plan and it was all good, I was really excited and my emotions got the better side of me.''
When Bounce News sought to know what the latest gold medal means to him, the 25-year-old US born athlete had few words to express himself.
“This gold is better than silver, very good,” he said.
He added that his persistence won him gold.
“Even though I had a setback, I did not relent, I went back to training, I trained even harder, I gave my best and represented well, and here’s the result.”
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