Photo Credit: Stephen Mozia

Nigeria’s Stephen Mozia has just demonstrated that his best days are still ahead. Four days after setting an outdoor National Record (NR) and Meeting Record (MR) of 20.82m at the Andújar Athletics Meet in Spain, he again erased the mark on Tuesday, July 19 to set a superior lifetime best of 21.76m at Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic.

Mozia’s new mark should take him to No.3 on the World Rankings, just behind USA’s pair of Joe Kovacs (22.13m) and Ryan Crouser (22.11m). The Nigerian record holder took to social media platform Instagram to announce the good news: “Well this happened today. Throws about to change my life. 21.76m. Really want to thank all for the love and support I’ve been getting from everyone.

“Threw 21.76m. ( 71 ft 5 inches)Ranks No.2 all time in African history. Ranks me No.3 in the entire world going into the Olympics. 4th all time in all Czech Republic history behind the likes of Reese Hoffa. Really none of this could be possible without God and all the people who helped me get here. God is just too good.”

More to follow.

Photo Credit: Stephen Mozia

Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. She has a bias for athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the National Sports Festival and the African Athletics Championships, and has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN). Yemi holds a BA in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University .


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