The next African Junior Athletics Championships will take place in Algeria come June 29. When you consider that
Joy Udo-Gabriel will be representing Nigeria in the 100 metres and 200 metres categories at the event, then it’s safe to say we’re in good hands –because the 18-year-old athlete has constantly proven she has what it takes to fly the Nigerian flag.
Udo-Gabriel qualified for the event last Saturday at a track and field event organized by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) in partnership with Dynamic Sporting Solutions in Abuja. The young athlete who was born on June 2, 1999, gave herself the best birthday gift any athlete would ever ask for: she improved on her 100 metres and 200 metres personal bests, and, at the same time, she qualified for the African Junior Athletics Championships.
Pulling off impressive performances in track and field is not new to Udo-Gabriel. In fact, she came to limelight in 2016 when she won double titles at the Top Sprinter competition in Lagos. Before then, she had won several medals at both state and national levels as a secondary school athlete.
In 2015, she officially became the fastest school girl in Lagos State after finishing a race in 12 minutes and 91 seconds at the Lagos State Secondary School Festival.
Before now, Udo-Gabriel went to competitions with little training because she was facing the same problem that stops talented athletes on their way to success, which is the lack of sponsorship. But all that changed when she was given a student-athlete scholarship by sports media and management company, Making of Champions Limited. The company is currently grooming her to become a world-class female athlete like Jamaican, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
(Photos: Making of Champs)
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