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UNITED States based Nigerian hammer throw athlete, Temilola Ogunrinde also added to Nigeria’s medal tally after she won silver in the Hammer Throw with a new national record of 67.39m, while Soukaina Zakour of Mauritius won the women’s Hammer Throw final with a best distance of 68.38m.

Temilola Ogunrinde claimed silver at her maiden outing for Nigeria with a national record of 67.39m as Jennifer Bawsikita of Congo came 3rd with a distance of 66.43m.

In an interview the 18-year-old , student of University of Minnesota, US, said “I only come to Nigeria when I was a kid to visit but I am happy that this event is being hosted here in my country and my experience has been wonderful.

it is an honour to hit a new national record in hammer throw, it is a prove that hard work and training really pays. And for those upcoming athletes I will advice you to believe in yourself eat healthy and work out.”

Nigeria’s former hammer throw champion, United States and US-based Gabriel Opuana who happens to be Ogunride’s coach was happy that Temilola Ogunrinde mounted the podium at the ongoing Asaba 2018 and broke his record.

The former record holder, Coach Opuana, a strong advocate of athletes’ rights and welfare, was, however, not invited by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for Asaba 2018.

“I was not invited by AFN for this event, but my athlete was so worried. She felt my absence here in Asaba so I decided to buy my flight ticket and came with her. Maybe, my absence would have affected her because this is her first competition for Nigeria,” Opuana stated.

Ogunrinde took a victory lap round the stadium acknowledging cheers from fans after emerging second behind Morocco’s Zakour Soukaina in the Women’s Hammer Throw.

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