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All about enjoyment for discus champ Stona

Published:Friday | March 31, 2017 | 3:00 AM
St Jago High's Roje Stona winning the Class One discus at the National Stadium yesterday.

Despite carrying an injury and up against a top-class field in the Class One discus final, St Jago High's Roje Stona, was all about enjoying himself and doing his best in his pet event at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships and it proved to be a winning combination for the gold medallist.

"To win the discus Class One is a blessing. It's my personal event and I just came out to execute and that's what I did," he said.

"The plan was to come out and start well and then go for it in the early round, but I went behind and people might think I was under pressure, but I wasn't, I was enjoying myself," he insisted.

 

CLOSE COMPETITION

 

Stona, who suffered from a painful knee, said the competition was close throughout but he was just focused on winning the event.

"It was tight, because I know I have an injury ... and the other throwers were doing well, so you didn't know who was going to win. My knee is injured but it was just mind over matter, as the championship is more important," he added

Two years ago, Stoner fell out at the preliminary round in Class Two, so claiming the Class One title this year, under the circumstances, gives him a feeling of redemption. "It makes me feel great," he stated.

The big thrower is also down to compete in the shot-put event and although his expectations remain in check he is still looking to contribute to his school's ambitions of finishing fifth

"I hope to contribute more in other competitions. I just hope to go out and execute, I am not sure what will happen but when you do your best anything is possible," he said.

- L.S.