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Udo-Gabriel hails sponsors, eyes Finland 2018 gold

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Joy Udo-Gabriel has  said her next target is to win her first gold for Nigeria at the 2018 World Junior Athletics Championships in Finland from July 10 to 15.

The 18-year-old University of Lagos Law student, who is sponsored by Arco Group, won bronze in the 4x100m relay along with Tobi Amusan, Blessing Okagbare and Rosemary Chukwuma.

The athlete said at a  press conference in Lagos on Wednesday  participating in the  Games had  increased her desire to win more medals for Nigeria.

She said since she got the sponsorship through her management firm Making of Champions in 2016, she had been able to combine schooling with sports.

The runner said, “ I am focusing on the  World Junior Championships. I hope to make the team and win gold at the competition. I also want to increase my personal best to achieve my main aim of becoming an Olympic gold medallist.

“The experience I got at the Games was awesome; I got to meet top athletes and competed with them. While running my races, I didn’t even realise that there was crowd. For me, the experience was an eye-opener.

“I am grateful to God and Arco Group, who are my sponsors, because I have enjoyed combining sports with education. I also want to thank Making of Champions Athletics Club for discovering me. I will not say it has been easy but it has been enjoyable. With the sponsorship, all I have to think about is to get better in my races and also focus on my education.”

Managing Director Arco Group Alfred Okoigun said the company would extend its sponsorship to 2022 because of Udo-Gabriel’s performance.

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