Nigeria Imaobong Nse Uko won the gold medal in the ongoing 400 metres for women in the ongoing World U-20 Athletics Championship in Nairobi, Kenya, reports The Gazelle News.com.
Uko breasted the tape in 51.55 seconds, which was her new personal best. It was her second gold medal in the Championship after winking her first gold as a member of the mixed relay team which won the gold medal on the first day of the Championship.
Uko came from behind to beat Poland’s Kornelia Lesiewicz to second position in a time of 51.97 while homegirl Sylvia Chelangat of Kenya finished 3rd in a time of 52.23 seconds.
The youngster described her feat as just the beginning of greater heights in her career.
Speaking shortly after the race, Uko said, “It was very tough because of the weather. This is just the beginning of great things in my career. My coach and I really worked hard on this. I’m so excited, it would only get better. Coming here to make so much impact makes me feel so happy. It means more hardwork, but the future is so bright.”
She was part of the mixed relay team that earlier won gold.