17 August 2016
Giving the enormous challenges that marred Nigeria’s preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics, especially few weeks before the Games, public opinions have regarded the performance of Nigerian athletes as more than impressive.
While more than half of Nigeria’s athletes in more than half of the events have already left the Games and with no medals, a few are left and are forging on in spite the unpleasant odds and displaying strong performances at the Games.
Here are six Nigerian athletes who are still participating in six of the seven events Nigeria is still involved in:
– Oluwatobiloba Amusan: Ranked 23rd, Amusan qualified for the Women’s 100m Hurdles semifinals with a time of 12.99 seconds. The semifinals is set for Thursday, August 18 and she hoping to make it to the final.
– Antwon Hicks: Ranked 28th with a time of 13.70 seconds, Hicks qualified for the Men’s 110m Hurdles semifinals slated for Wednesday August 17.
– Ese Brume: Will be competing on Wednesday, August 17 in Group B of the Women’s Long Jump qualification round that will determine which athletes will make it to the final on Thursday, August 18.
– Blessing Okagbare: Nigeria’s sprint queen will be competing in the Women’s 200m semifinals also on Wednesday August 17 after qualifying with a time of 22.71 seconds, ranking 13th.
– Efe Ajagba: will be fighting Kazakhstan’s Ivan Dychko at 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 16 to book a place in the men’s Super Heavy Over 91kg Boxing semifinals set for Friday August 19.
– Ejowvokoghene Oduduru: Ranked 21st and qualified for the men’s 200m semifinals set for Thursday August 18 with a time of 20.34 seconds, six one hundredth of a second behind world’s fastest man, Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt who finished at 20.28 seconds.
With Nigeria’s men basketball team having been knocked out of the games following their fifteen-point loss to Brazil, the Dream Team VI, Nigeria’s men football team, is the country’s last remaining team at the Games and its semifinals match against Germany is set to on Wednesday, August 17.
Nigerians who have been impressed by the team’s performances in the competition so far will definitely be watching with much anticipation and hope.
The outcome of the match will determine whether Nigeria will be competing for the coveted gold medal against the winner between Brazil and Honduras in the final or for bronze medal against the loser of the tie.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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