Reigning Sea and Shore National Athletics Circuit javelin champion Mary Zuta Nartey has said her inability to win medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2012 African Championship fuelled her drive to win a silver medal at the just ended 19th African Athletics Championship in Marrakech, Morocco.
Having placed fourth in the javelin throw at the 2012 African Athletics Championship in Benin, Mary placed 11th overall with 48.23m in the women’s javelin throw in Glasgow.
But she threw a massive personal best of 52.57m(PB) with her last throw to snatch silver in the women’s javelin throw in Morocco and in the process, also qualified for the upcoming IAAF Continental Cup with a throw.
Mary Zuta Nartey reflected upon her triumph noting her own past difficulties in previous competitions.
“It is very painful to win 4th place in a competition due to the narrowest of the margin between my throw and the person who won third place. It’s is even better to be in fifth place than to be in fourth sometimes.
“It was very difficult but we tried our best. I faced a lot of difficulty during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of the weather situation there. It was very cold out there on the field.”
Nartey, threw her personal best with her last throw to leapfrog Mauritius’s Selma Jessika Rosun who had moved to moved to second place with 48.04m while South Africa’s Sunette Viljoen won gold with 65.32m.
The Ghana Police Service Officer expressed satisfaction with her own performance saying, “We came here to do our best and win medals for Ghana so that the name of the country will go far.”
“I thank all the people who prayed for me. Thank God for the medal,” she summarised.
Source: Erasmus Kwaw/ Ghana Olympic Committee');