Olympic medalist Daryll Netia reacts to World Athletics' decision to award winners price money in Paris

Olympic medalist Daryll Netia reacts to World Athletics' decision to award winners price money in Paris

Mark Kinyanjui 17:00 - 28.04.2024

Netia, who stunned Sha'Carri Richardson to clinch the Suzhou 200m Diamond League meet win on Saturday, has reacted to decision by World Athletics to reward all the gold medallists at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Two-time Olympic medalist Daryll Neita  has welcomed World Athletics’ decision to award winning athletes at the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic games.

On Saturday April 27, Neita beat world 100m champion Sha'Carri Richardson as she took victory in the women's 200m at the Suzhou Diamond League.

Neita, 27, clocked 22.62 seconds in her season-opening outdoor individual race to cross the line clear of Anavia Battle, who finished in 22.99.

Although she has won two bronze medals at the last two Olympics, she has never managed to win gold at a global major, with her only major gold medal coming in the 2018 European Championships in Berlin where she won in the 4 by 100m relay.

Following the decision by World Athletics to award all the winners 50,000 USD for every winner, Neita expressed her belief that this move will significantly motivate athletes.

“I think it is great. I think we need all the incentives that we can get as athletes,” Neita said as reported by Citius Mag.

“Olympic gold deserves a price. I mean, the amount of work, blood sweat and tears that go into being at an olympic games, you need money.”

Addressing the misconception surrounding athletes' earnings, Neita highlighted the significant sacrifices and challenges athletes face in their pursuit of success.

 "It just goes to show you how significant our sport is and how amazing it is," she remarked.

 "The expectation we have for prices just shows what it really should be because it is not an easy game... You really have to make a lot of sacrifices, and it is not easy."

The next meeting on the Diamond League circuit takes place in Doha, Qatar on 10 May.

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