By Sab Osuji In Brazzaville, Photo By Ganiyu Yusuf:
All Africa Games 400m women’s hurdles gold medalist, Team Nigeria’s Amaka Ogoegbunam has revealed her next ambition is to to win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
Ogoegbunam told Completesportsnigeria.com after winning the All Africa Games gold medal in the 400m women’s hurdle event at the Kintele Sports Complex Thursday that her joy knew no bounds following her feat.
“Today I won a gold medal, for me it’s a very big achievement for me and I’m happy,” the hurdler told Completesportsnigeria.com.
Amaka won the race in a time of 55.86 secs, behind her personal best of 55.45 but she said the most important thing was the gold and not the time.
Ogoegbunam continued: “I didn’t meet my personal time. But the time (55.86 which won her the AAG gold) is okay for me.
“At least we are nearing the end of the season so the time is good for me. At least, it gave me the gold medal at the All Africa Games.”
With the 2016 Olympic Games around the corner, the 25-year-old hurdler said she has to work hard for an Olympic Games gold medal.
“For now, I just want to go back to my family, take like one month off and then after that I start getting ready for the Olympic Games.
“Whether I can win a gold medal in Rio, 2016 Olympic Games, I just got to work hard for it,” she said.
Ogoegbunam also set a personal time best of 53secs in the 400m hurdles.
“In the Olympics, I just need to put my brains together and hope tovget 53 secs.
“Yes, making 53 secs is possible. Nothing is impossible. Right now my personal best is 55.45 so I’m looking to make 53 secs”, she said with a smile of confidence.