By Dare Esan In Beijing:
Doreen Amata believes she needs the perfect condition and God’s guidance to make it to her second final appearance when the high jump event starts on Thursday inside the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing.
Amata made history four years ago in Daegu, South Korea when she became the first Nigerian woman to first compete at the IAAF flagship event, the World Championships, and also the first to make it to the final.
But the reigning Nigerian queen of the vertical jump and two-time All Africa Games champion has been made to look like a fish out of water here in Beijing.
Completesportsnigeria.com reports that Amata is without a coach here as her USA-based coach, Nat Page, is with the USA team.
And in an event that needs a coach to constantly point out an athlete’s mistake and what she needs to correct with every jump she makes, Amata has been left on her own.
Kola Adebayo, the man who nurtured her to stardom, was left out of the team and the AFN, with the connivance of its supervisory body, ensured redundant coaches and unwanted officials made the trip here to Beijing.
Now, Nigeria may be denied the chance of having an athlete in the final where, due to an unpredictable nature of this event, a podium apperance is not an impossible proposition.
Amata will however have to draw from the form that saw her clear 1.94m twice this season if she intends to appear in her second final.
Interestingly, the qualification mark has been set at 1.94m and the Nigerian, who will be the seventh jumper in group A, should strive to go as high as that or be among the best 12 that will go into Friday’s final.