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Olympics qualifier in my next hurdle after Africa championships, says Abunda

National hammer throw champion Dominic Abunda has set his eyes on Olympic Games qualifiers after making the trip to Africa Senior Athletics championships that will be staged in Duala, Cameroon.

Abunda from Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) 60.37m to win the national cum trials hammer throw at the Ulinzi Sports Complex on Tuesday afternoon.

“Today, I had a very successful event and qualified for the Africa championships. That is not enough, I want to try and improve on how to make it to the Olympics in Paris, France later in the year,” said Abunda.

The heavy built man hauled 60.37m beating the continental qualifying mark of 59.00m.

“I really expect to improve on my distance so that I can make it to the Olympics. I have to train hard to reach the target of the highest level,” he said.

“I still have a few things to improve. Looking at the Olympic qualifiers. I really need to improve on my techniques and power. To achieve this, I have to go back to training seriously,” he said, who managed to haul 55.50m, 58.02m, 60.33m, 60.33, and the final 60.37m for the title.

Second position was taken by Albert Musengo with 59.39m and KDF’d Reagan Oketch completing the podium at 55.28m.

Nancy Wambua was the women’s hammer throw winner after clearing 50.31m beating KDF’s Lucy Omondi to second at 50.26m and Kenya Police Service’s Roseline Akamba completing top three at 49.75m.

In shot put women, Monica Ruguru from KDF was victorious after clearing 14.11m stunning compatriot Belinda Oburu and Sarah Otieno to second and third positions respectively in 14.10m and 13.99m.

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