Obijiaku Tipper For Greatness

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Streatham’s Michella Obijiaku emulated Olympic medallists Kelly Sotherton and Mark Lewis-Francis last week by finishing second in the all-rounder rankings at the Aviva Athletics Academy Sportshall Finals.

The 15-year-old, representing Surrey, topped the podium in the shot-put after recording a distance of 11.35m at the flagship junior athletics development event of the year in Birmingham.

She then also claimed gold in the two-lap relay, while finishing sixth in both long jump and the individual two-lap race were also recorded as she ended just behind Phoebe White in the all-rounder rankings.

And, after writing her name into the Sportshall history books alongside the likes of Sotherton and Lewis-Francis, who tasted success in 1992 and 1998 respectively, Obijiaku was left grinning from ear to ear.

“I’m a bit speechless because I never dreamt I would get gold, let alone finish second overall,” said Obijiaku, who attended Bishop Thomas Grant School.

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“I threw really well in the shot, it is certainly my strongest event.

“There was a lot of competition and so I am really proud of myself to have gone home with a few medals.

“It was great fun to be part of a team and one day I hope to be part of the British team as a professional athlete.”

The national Sportshall Final in Birmingham is part of the Aviva Athletics Academy, which encourages and enables children to get involved in track and field.

And Obijiaku’s efforts at the LG Arena did not go unnoticed with current Aviva GB & NI Team high jumper Robbie Grabarz there to cheer on the competitors.