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Tosin Oke looks forward to Glasgow

14 July 2014, 12:34

Lagos - Tosin Oke is hoping to defend his triple jump title at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In Delhi 2010, the Nigerian athlete managed to record a distance of 17.16 metres, enough to win him the gold medal.

Oke is feeling in good form as he is coming off the back of his sixth national title at the All-Nigeria Athletics Championships last month.

“It’s a short time to the Games and I’m gradually getting to my top form," revealed the 33-year-old.

“I’m confident I’ll be ready for the big boys. I have no target yet. The main thing on my mind is to get ready to jump, be at my best and see what comes out at the end of it. I want to focus on myself instead of focussing on others. If I can be as good as I can be then I’ve got the chance to be among the best.”

Oke believes his experience can propel him towards the Commonwealth Games record of 17.86 metres, posted in 2002 by Englishman Jonathan Edwards.

“I’m an experienced athlete so my mind is set on how I prepare,” he added.

“Maybe I’ll need two or three to be at my best. But it’s not a necessity; if they’re not available, I’ll just focus on my basic training.

“It’s an honour to be selected by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. It’s a thing of pride to represent Nigeria.”

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