LongÂ jumper, DoreenÂ Â Amata is working to earn her first international gold medal outside the African continent, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games August in New Delhi India.
Since winning the All African Games gold in 2007, the Delta-born athlete has been struggling to establish herself at the international level, but she suffered several hiccups, which thwarted her ambition. However, this season, Amata has girded her loins with a view of landing gold at the Commonwealth Games later in the year.
â€œAmata is currently in Italy training seriously for the outdoor. Her main preoccupation this season is to improve on her 1.95m performance and win gold at the Commonwealth Games,â€ her coach, Kola Adebayo disclosed.
Amata was at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, she managed a 1.89m and failed to reach the final of the event won by Belgian Tia Hellbaut with jump of 2.05m. She beat favourite Croatian jumper, Blanka Vlasic. Amata who blamed the driving rain during the event in Beijing, was also at the Berlin World Championships. She did not get to the final of the event taken by Vlasic with 2.04m. Amata failed to go beyond 1.85m after recording a 1.92mÂ heartwarming jump during the national trials in Abuja.
â€œAmata should have been in the final of Berlin 2009 at least and get some prize money. But prior to the World Championships, she was not training well, because she was in the camp of the AFN at Abuja.
â€œShe should be among the top five of the world list ifÂ she gets her acts right and that is why she has shifted base to Europe for now,â€ said the coach.