I almost gave up during NCAA debut season - Adeshina

2024-06-11 02:40:08

Punch Newspapers

Nigerian high jumper and national record holder (indoor and outdoor), Temitope Adeshina, says she felt the pressure to quit training and classes during her debut season in the National Collegiate Athletics Association but inspired herself to finish the season strongly and ultimately picked her ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympics, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

On Saturday, Adeshina jumped the Olympics entry standard of 1.97m at the NCAA Championships in Oregon, punching the ticket to her first Olympic Games and also becoming the first Nigerian to qualify for the event since Doren Amata in 2016.

Having set a new indoor national record in the early days of her NCAA journey in January, the 25-year-old now holds both indoor and outdoor national records, which were previously held by Amata.

Reliving what she called a long debut season, the 25-year-old told PUNCH Sports Extra how she managed to thrive in her first season.

"It has been a very long season for me," she told our correspondent.

"I'm so happy starting the season with a PB and ending the NCAA season with a new PB even though combining class and sports is not easy.

"We compete almost every weekend and it got to a point when I just wanted to rest; no class no practice. I just wanted to be alone but I talked to myself that I needed to finish strong. I kept repeating it to myself as I continued to work."

Texas Tech track and field team coach, Wes Kittley also spoke highly of Adeshina.

"It just shows for a freshman she's learning how to compete on the big stage," Kittley said via Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

"She didn't let it become too big for her, didn't freak out. She just bore down and got it done."

The Nigerian, as well as her sprint counterpart, Rosemary Chukwuma - who also finished third in the women's 100m - recorded the best finishes for Texas Tech women as they tied for seventh at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.

Adeshina is a silver medallist at the 2022 African Championships in Mauritius.

2024-06-11 News