Best and Worst Moments: Meyiwa Ine
Athletic Heat is out with a new series called Best and Worst Moments. This series will be focusing on Nigerian athletes both current and ex-athletes as well as coaches as they share their best and worst moments in their career and our first athlete to get featured is African Youth Triple Jump Record holder, Meyiwa Ine.
2018 season gave Meyiwa both the highest and lowest moments of his career so far. Winning two medals at his first international competition in Algeria and having several injuries during this season.
“My best moment was this season, when I made the National team for the first time, won double medals for my country and broke the African Youth Record in the process.
“It was awesome! It was just so phenomenal.” He said with excitement. “I didn’t want that moment to pass but it did. Then I finally made the senior team. Making it to the finals (at the African Senior Championships) was more of an encouragement to me and it gave me more vibes and aspirations. I became optimistic and I’m even more optimistic now than ever.
“My preparations towards setting the African record was very tedious, tiring, hectic and worth while. It wasn’t easy but I went through it. All of the sweats in the gym, the bounding, the long sprints, all of the hustle was worth it. I had sleepless nights due to pains. I was a costumer to pain. I became used to it, just like now that am preparing for Youth Olympics. It’s all about sacrifices and tears. Most times I cry during training.
“One time, I almost fainted and my coach (Coach Edirin Owivri) who happens to be my father, used all the opportunities he had to make sure I was ready and my coach in camp as well, coach Emilia, she really tried. In a nut shell,it wasn’t easy at all. So much to say but can’t actually say it all.
“It took me almost a year of training, to the point that I was expecting to do a 17m. It was that serious, I was mad not to have done better at the African Senior Champs due to some situations but I thank God for everything.
For my low moments, I’ve actually had a few of such moments in my career as an athlete.
“It hasn’t been easy due to the nature of my event. Not having proper jumping implements like good spikes, kits and sponsor, all these will put you off for real. I had several ankle injuries. I shifted my knee at training prior to the Commonwealth Games trials. I knew I was in shape to make that team but God knows best. It persisted for a very long time but I did a then Personal Best of 16.02m with that injured knee so that made me optimistic again.
“Another low moment was recently when I competed at the African Senior Championships hosted by Nigeria in Asaba. I twisted my ankle and my knee at the same time on my second attempt but still made it to the finals, where I wasn’t able to compete any more after my first jump of 16.09m. It was really demoralizing, enervating and debilitating to be honest, but I have gotten over it now and I’m very proud of myself. Having just two jumps and making it to the finals, was an achievement for me, knowing fully well that I could have done better but I was a bit satisfied.”