National record holders in women’s high jump and men’s shot put, Doreen Amata and Stephen Mozia, will both seek to win medals for the country in their respective events at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Thursday.
Amata will compete in the Group A of the qualifiers as she seeks to make the finals. She will compete against USA’s Chaunte Low, who has a season’s best of 2.01m. Amata’s season best stands at 1.93m, which she must surpass to reach the medal stage in Rio.
Other athletes in the group are Italy’s Desiree Rosit with a season best of 1.97m, Uzbekistan’s Nadiya Dusanova with an SB of 1.94m, Croatia’s Ana Simic with 1.96m and Saint Lucia’s Levern Spencer with an SB of 1.95m. Amata has a personal best of 1.95m in the event.
Mozia will also compete in Group A of the men’s shot put. He has a personal and season best of 21.76m, which he set in July. His throw is the third best mark for 2016 in the event.
He will compete against 2016 world leader in the event USA’s Joe Kovacs and his compatriot Darrel Hill, who have season bests of 22.13m and 21.63m. Also in the group is London 2012 Olympics gold medallist, Poland’s Tomasz Majewski. Others are Congo’s Franck Elemba with an SB of 21.01m and Croatia’s Stipe Zunic with 20.61m.