17 August 2016
Nigeria’s hope of winning a medal at the ongoing summer Olympics in Rio on Tuesday suffered yet another major blow when Efe Ajagba, the country’s sole boxer at the Games lost his quarterfinal bout to Kazakhstan’s Ivan Dychko in the Super Heavyweight 91kg category.
He lost by unanimous decision of the judges.
Twenty-two-year-old Ajagba needed a victory against 2012 Olympics bronze medalist, Ivan Dychko to keep Nigeria’s hope of winning a medal alive.
Efe became one of the leading lights for the country when he knocked out his Trinidad and Tobago opponent in less than 23 seconds in the 16-round bout.
Now that Efe is out, and Blessing Okagbare didn’t make it to the final of the 200m women race, attention will shift to the wrestling team as they begin their quest for medals on Wednesday.
In the female category, all eyes would be on Commonwealth gold medalist, Aminat Adeniyi who will lead the duo of Genesis Mercy and Hannah Rueben as they begin their quest in the wrestling events.
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.