New national Hammer record excites Sports Minister

The new Women’s Hammer record is now 63.79 meters.

The new national record of 63.79m in the Women’s Hammer event set by Queen Obisesan over the weekend and a couple of other inspiring performances by athletes on hand to compete at the fourth leg of the AFN/Solid Works Golden League Meet held at the Sports Complex of the University of Ilorin, Kwara Sate, are, according to the Chairman of the National Sports Commission Bolaji Abdullahi, cheering developments.

The Sports Minister assured that the NSC in tandem with the AFN will work closely like before to build on the successes recorded so far on the local front even as the country gets set for the busy athletics calendar ahead.

“It’s really exciting for me especially in the year preceding the Commonwealth Games; that offers a very good prospect and I’m already discussing with the AFN board members on how can we build on all this’ the Minister stated .

He added: “I am glad the national trials that will soon happen that would provide the basis for the selection of athlete that will represent us at these upcoming competitions.

“They are already giving me medal figures but I will keep that to myself for now. But with what I have seen today especially the girls that did the Hammer throw ; set new national record and all of them set new personal best throws that is a very good prospect,” Mr. Abdullahi stated.

At the Ilorin Meet, the athletics’ friendly weather and the presence of the Sports Minister all counted for something as quite a number of the other athletes also recorded their season’s as well as best performances at the Ilorin Leg of the Golden League.

Before the new throw of 63.79m, 61.75m was the former record in Women’s Hammer event and according to the AFN Technical Director Navy Commodore Omatseye Neisiama, once the necessary dope test is conducted the new record will be promptly approved.

Speaking with journalist after a latest feat, Obisesan gave thanks to God for helping her thus far even as she stated that she hopes to do more in the days ahead.

“I am very happy to achieve this and I know it only means I should work harder even to get better results. The new national record holder stated,”

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