Ghana’s triple jump queen Nadia Eke has revealed how difficult her preparations were leading to the just ended IAAF World Athletics Championships in London.
The defending African champion failed to progress from the qualification round at the World Championships, finishing 23rd with a distance of 13.56m in what was one of her worst performances this year.
The 24-year old US based athlete who was making her debut at the competition, opened up about how struggling to juggle between work and training affected her performance in London.
“Compared to me and everyone else competing I just feel there were a lot of things working against me getting to the next level. People look at my progression from NCAA as a huge thing, but I feel where I am now is where I should’ve been at the NCAA,” she said.
“Now that I’m here I feel I haven’t had the opportunity to fully focus on athletics. I live and work in New York while trying to find time for my training. My other competitors have dedicated coaches who take care of everything else.
“I spend most of my time not only training, but trying to figure out how to structure my season. I’m obviously not a coach so it’s been very challenging. I think that has really affected me this season.”
By: Daniel Koranteng/citifmonline.com/Ghana