29 June 2012

Nigeria: Oke Eyes London Olympics Triple Jump Gold

Lagos — Commonwealth Games champion, Tosin Oke has set his sight on gold medal in the triple long jump event at the forthcoming Olympic Games in London.

Oke was at his best at the recently concluded Olympic Games trials in Calabar, Cross River State, where he made an Olympic A standard with 17.23 metres to win the men's triple jump gold medal.

Oke, who had previously represented the United Kingdom before pitching tent with Nigeria, said he is looking beyond his personal best of 17.23m, as he has now set his sight on having a good performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"I am happy because it's always nice competing for Nigeria and I feel so good. Well, for me London is going to be good, I can feel it already," Oke told Trustsports before the team's departure for Republic of Benin, the venue of the African Senior Athletic Championship.

Responding to questions regarding his chances of picking a triple jump gold medal at the Olympics, the athlete, who had a 16.65m at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, said he is unperturbed by the opponents he would compete against in London.

According to him "I don't want to focus on my opponents for now, I would rather concentrate on my training sessions, increase my work rate and also pray to have an injury free build up to the Games".

The fair-skinned jumper said he never knew that he enjoys so much followership on the home front, as shown during the Calabar meet.

"I must confess, the fans in Calabar motivated me to get this far, I never knew that the home fans know much about me. I'm really grateful to them", he concluded.

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