Kenya’s weight lifter Rachael Achieng has vowed never to give up in her sport after bowing out of the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

The 17-year-old star went into the games with least experience but has picked a lesson or two at the events after competing on the biggest stage.

“The experience was good. At least I have gotten the opportunity to share a platform with people who are more experienced, as in, I thank God for that.”

Rachael Achieng at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Photo/ Kelly Ayodi

The prodigy aims to raise her bar high with an eye on the next competition. She is now focusing on the Africa Games in Ghana and Paris Olympics in 2024 after a disappointing outing in Birmingham.

“A lot of people are always training so hard to achieve new limits. When I go back home I am going to work on my strength, clean and jerk and snatch. God-willing I am going to make it to the African Games next year.”

“But I will take a rest and after that I will be back in the Gym training and see how far I can go in terms of my personal best.”

Asked about the lessons picked from Birmingham, Achieng responded : “I have learnt to be mentally strong.”

“I wish to thank fans back home for their support and my coach for being with me in training and ensuring that I am in the best possible shape.”

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