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Gia Lewis-Smallwood Dazzling in the Discus

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RunnerSpace.com/Pro   on Jul 7 2014, 02:57 PM

Lewis-Smallwood Only Getting Better

Published by The News-Gazette on July 6, 2014

At 35, Gia Lewis-Smallwood is still going strong. The former Centennial and Illini athlete just won the U.S. discus title. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with the 2012 Olympian, who was on a flight Thursday for upcoming meets in Paris and Glasgow, Scotland.

Tell me about your latest win.
It’s always a very competitive event. You want to make sure you train as hard as you can and try to give yourself every opportunity to get to the top. I was able to put it all together and it worked out well. It wasn’t a personal best, but it’s the best I’ve thrown this season. We knew there was a very, very good chance. I’ve been throwing well overseas and I’ve been throwing well in practice. We were expecting that performance.

That was your second win in a row at that meet.
Yes, I won last year in Des Moines, Iowa, at Drake and this year it was at Sacramento, Calif. It’s a top meet.

How much does winning there help your confidence as you continue to throw?
The big thing we are focusing on now is doing well overseas in major stadiums. It does help my confidence, but I still have to be ready to go these next few weeks. I can’t rest and say, “Yeah, we’re done.” It was part of the plan.

You have already competed in one Olympics. What are your plans for 2016?
I’m definitely going to the Olympic Trials in 2016. I would love to make the Olympic team. We’re working hard toward that goal. It is definitely looking likely. 

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