Ogbukwe attributed her success to prayers.
Eucharia Ogbukwe, winner of the women’s shot put event on Wednesday at the 18th National Sports Festival attributed her victory to prayers and fasting.
Ogbukwe, who heaved a distance of 13.10 metres, said shortly after the event that she was excited to have won because it was her first competition this year.
“I am amazed and I thank God Almighty for granting me victory in my first competition this year,” she said.
Ogbukwe, however, advised other athletes to focus on God whenever they were competing because it makes the difference.
“Let athletes not just trust in their training but get further and engage in spiritual activities like fasting and prayers, so as to be assured of success,” she said.
Meanwhile, Celestina Efobi of Team Rivers, who clinched silver with a throw of 12.70 metres, said she would ensure a better performance at the next festival.
“I am glad I was able to secure a silver and will see to it that I surpass my performance at the next major event,’’ Efobi said.
She advised young and aspiring female shot put athletes not to lose hope but stay on with the sport.
Udeme Sunday of Team Anambra won the bronze medal with a throw of 12.65 metres.
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