18 August 2016
The Nigeria women relay team (4x100m ) of Beijing 2008 summer Olympics has been awarded the silver medal.
This decision was arrived at by the International Olympics Committee (IOC) following the disqualification of the Russian relay team that won Gold in Beijing.
The Russian team was stripped of the gold medal after Yulia Chermoshanskaya, a member of the 2008 relay team tested positive to steroids in a reanalysis of her doping samples.
The IOC has asked the International Association of Athletics Federations to modify the results and consider further sanctions against the athlete who has retired.
The Nigerian relay team which comprised Franca Idoko, Gloria Kemasuode, Halimat Ismaila and Oludamola Osayomi at the 2008 Beijing Olympics ran a time of 43.08sec to clinch bronze medal behind Belgium who have now been upgraded to gold.
Nigeria initially won one silver medal and 3 bronze medals at the Beijing Olympics. With this development the number of silver medals won at the Games has risen to two.
The initial silver medal came in the men’s football competition while the two bronze medals came in Taekwondo and Athletics.
Chika Chukwumerije won a bronze medal in men’s 80kg Taekwondo and Blessing Okagbare won a bronze medal in women’s long Jump.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.