Joy Udo-Gabriel declares: This is just the beginning


Nigerian sprinter Joy Udo-Gabriel said despite winning a bronze medal at the ongoing 21st Africa Senior Athletics Championships, her best was yet to come.

Udo-Gabriel finished third in a time of 11.58 seconds in the women’s 100m event in Asaba.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Cote d’Ivoire had won the event’s gold medal in a time of 11.15 secs, while Ghanaian Janet Amponsah came second in a time of 11.54 secs.

Udo-Gabriel said she was okay with the outcome of the race because she had competed with the best on the continent.

“This is a good one for me and it shows that I am a `work in progress’ by sharing the podium with the likes of Ta Lou.

“I am improving day by day and I am happy winning my first African Championships medal here in Asaba,” she said.

The 18-year-old bronze medalist said her next target at the championships was to win the gold medal for the country in the women’s 4x100m relays.

The championships which began on Wednesday will end on Sunday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.