Chierika Ukogu is making history in Brazil as Nigeria's first ever Rower at the Olympics Photo Credit:

Nigeria’s only rower at the ongoing Olympic Games, Chierika Ukogu will surely be savoring her record breaking performances in Rio, after becoming the first Nigerian woman in history to qualify for the semifinals of the women’s Single sculls rowing event at the Olympics.

Ukogu competed in quarterfinal 3, rowing in lane 2, to finish 5th in 7:54.44, with the race winner being Denmark’s Fie Udby Erichsen, who clocked 7:33.22, with Zimbabwe’s Micheen Thornycroft finishing runner-up in 7:34.38 while Canada’s Carling Zeeman was 3rd in 7:34.52.

A breakdown of how Ukogu rowed: in the first 500m she clocked 1:52.57 and then went on to 3:51.77 in 1000m, in the next 1500m her time was 5:52.26 which culminated in the 7:54.44 she posted.

Although only the top three in each Heat automatically qualified to semifinals A/B, Ukogu’s time was ranked 18 overall in the quarterfinals, which was enough to book a spot in Semifinal C/D 1.

The US born athlete will hope to get a berth Final A with a much faster time, when she competes tomorrow by 3:30pm (Nigerian Time), against Lithuania’s Lina Saltyte and Sweden’s Anna Malvina Svennung.

Chierika Ukogu is the first Nigerian Rower to ever qualify for the semifinals of the Rowing event at the Olympics. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Chierika Ukogu is the first Nigerian Rower to ever qualify for the semifinals of the Rowing event at the Olympics. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Funmi Fameso is a Junior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. She is a 2012 Graduate of Lagos State University, where she obtained a BSc in Microbiology. She worked as a Health Centre Laboratory Assistant during her NYSC year and since then she has worked as a Junior Sports Writer for her church’s youth magazine, Kingsword Youth Club Magazine. It was watching the Sydney 2000 Olympics that ignited her passion of sports, most especially Athletics. Sports means three things to her: Passion, Hard Work and Dedication!


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