Emily Ngii is hoping to make her first appearance at the upcoming Olympic Games after painfully missing out on the previous edition due to technical challenges.
2022 African race walk champion Emily Ngii is angling to make her first appearance at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
The race walker explained that she missed out on a slot in the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games due to technical issues but she hopes to rectify that and finally realise her dream.
She noted that she will be hoping to hit the qualifying mark as she heads to the All Africa Games to be held in Accra, Ghana.
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“My body is not doing badly since this was my first meeting…I just want to go and work on my speed work because I’m targeting the Olympic Games in Paris.
“I want to train hard before I get to the All African Games because that’s where I plan to qualify for the Olympics.
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“I was supposed to go to the previous Olympics but couldn’t go because there was no accredited judge to verify if I had qualified for the event in the country. This time around, I want to hit the qualifying mark outside the country,” Ngii told Pulse Sports.
The former African Championships silver medallist also encouraged youngsters to keep working hard since she will not be in the game for long and requires her replacement to continue her legacy.
“They (youngsters) just have to work hard because I’m not here to stay for long…I have been in the game for almost 13 years.
“I want to encourage young athletes to keep working hard so that when I drop the sport, they would be here to continue my legacy,” she said.