3. Stephen Mozia

Breaking records is a tall order! So when breaking the National Record (NR) becomes like a pastime to an athlete who then ends the season among the Top 5 in the world, that athlete certainly deserves a worthy position on our list.

Mozia’s records aren’t just outdoors, but indoors as well. He broke the 21m mark when he threw a distance of 21.03m to set a new Indoor Nigerian Record, before bettering it twice to eventually end the indoor season with a Personal Best (PB) of 21.11m.

Stephen Mozia in action for Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo credit: Rio 2016.com
Stephen Mozia in action for Nigeria. Photo credit: Rio 2016.com

Going to the World Indoor Championships in Portland as one of the favourites for a medal, Mozia had a lukewarm outing, placing 12th overall after recording just one valid throw of 19.84m and making two fouls.

The 23-year old made up for this disappointment at the African Championships in Durban, winning two medals for the country. On Day 1 of the competition, he threw a distance of 19.84m in the Shot Put to place 3rd and win the country’s first medal at the Championships, before getting another Bronze medal in the Discus Throw with a distance of 59.16m.

Stephen Mozia
Mozia receiving one of his Bronze medals at the African Championships in Durban

Not done with his record breaking and medal winning form, Mozia set a new outdoor NR and Meeting Record (MR) of 20.82m to win at the Andujar Athletics meet in Andujar, Spain. Four days later, he erased this mark to set a superior life time best of 21.76m for another win at the Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic.

This mark is No. 4 in the world this year, ranks No. 2 on the all-time African list, and 4th all-time in Czech history, thereby stamping his name as the best Nigerian Shot Put thrower ever, and one of the best the Continent has ever produced.

Photo Credit: Stephen Mozia
Mozia all smiles after setting his new NR. Photo Credit: Stephen Mozia

However the University of Cornell graduate didn’t enjoy a good performance at his maiden outing at the Rio Olympics, as his only valid throw of 18.98m couldn’t get him out of the qualifying stage. Mozia has proven in 2016 that if he can only get it right on the big stage, he’s a world challenger anytime.

Funmi Fameso is a Junior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. She is a 2012 Graduate of Lagos State University, where she obtained a BSc in Microbiology. She worked as a Health Centre Laboratory Assistant during her NYSC year and since then she has worked as a Junior Sports Writer for her church’s youth magazine, Kingsword Youth Club Magazine. It was watching the Sydney 2000 Olympics that ignited her passion of sports, most especially Athletics. Sports means three things to her: Passion, Hard Work and Dedication!


  1. Huge congratulations to all the athletes. A massive well done to Divine Oduduru and Ese Brume. May God help you both and of course the other athletes mentioned and not mentioned to soar even higher in 2017. God bless you all. Amen!


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