Discus thrower Okoye hopes he's on to something really big
LAWRENCE Okoye believes he could achieve "something big" this summer after securing his first UK senior title at the Olympic trials.
The discus thrower shows he has what it takes to perform in championships after throwing 63.46 metres to win the title.
That showed his progress in the last 12 months.
Last year, he set the British record as a 19-year-old but did not perform well enough at the UK Championships to be selected for the World Championships.
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He finished fifth in Birmingham last year - but this year beat the same rivals with a fifth round throw.
Fellow Surrey athlete Brett Morse (62.27m) led from the first round after Okoye posted 60.47m, but Abdul Buhari, also of Surrey, threw 62.94m in round four to push Okoye down to third.
Okoye has already extended his British record this season to 68.24m, ranking him fourth in the world this year, and has only once finished a competition below 62m.
The 20-year-old from Waddon will be competing at the European Championships in Helsinki this weekend and follows that with an appearance at the Crystal Palace Grand Prix meeting on Friday, July 13.
"The Aviva London Grand Prix will be a good opportunity to throw against the best guys in the world and a great place to try to throw really far again," said Okoye, who finished sixth at the New York Diamond League meeting in early June.
"It's my home turf so should be really good fun with a lot of home support rooting for me. I've got to get used to competing here now that I've qualified for the Games and that's a great place to start."
Despite already holding the tag of Britain's greatest ever with the discus, Okoye feels that he has only just scratched the surface of what is possible.
Okoye said: "There's a lot more to see from me this summer.
"I'm just going to keep my head down for the next few weeks and hopefully come up with something big."