( Coach Oluyomi Sule and Nigeria triple jumper, Otonye Iworima)
Nigeria jumpers in the long and triple jump have been given pass mark judging from their performances at major championships organized by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria recently.
Affirming this opinion, national long jump Coach, Oluyomi Sule said that given the necessary time frame and proper training, the sky will be the limit for Nigeria jumpers who he maintained can compete favorably with their international counterparts.
“To be fair to Nigerians, we have a lot of good jumpers in this country and believe me when I say it that they can hold their ground anywhere in the world.
“If we take 2010 into perspective, we will discover that our national jumpers did pretty well in all the international championships we attended,” reveals the Lagos based coach.
He added that: “In Kenya during the Africa Championships, Blessing Okagbare took gold in the long jump while Nkeiruka Domike took silver in the triple jump. We also saw Tosin Oke taking the triple jump gold in Kenya and also got the triple jump gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in India last year also.”
Meanwhile, Coach Sule has advised the national jumpers to brace up stressing that everyone will have to fight for shirt this time around due to the determination of jumpers discovered during the AFN All Comers series and the D.K Olukoya U-16 and 18 Championships, affirming they are very good.
“The senior athletes this time around have to brace up because the junior athletes are coming up and very determined in their aspiration to break into the team.”