Nwanneka Okwelogu led the way for Nigeria in women's Discus

With the commencement of Athletics on Day 7 of the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics, many Team Nigeria athletes were in action on the track as well as the field.

Nwanneka Okwelogu finished an overall 29th, having placed 14th in Group A of the women’s Shot Put event. Okwelegu couldn’t progress past the qualification stage and did not compete in the final.

Meanwhile after day 1 in the Heptathlon, Uhunoma Osazuwa is currently in 24th position, having amassed a points tally of 3609.

Orukpe Erayokan competed in the 400m heats where he placed 7th in Heat 7 with a Season’s Best (SB) of 47.42s, ending his campaign at Rio 2016.

In the women’s 100m, Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare progressed to the semifinals after finishing 2nd in her heat.

While in Rowing, Chierika Ukogu finished 4th in the Single Sculls semifinal C/D1 with a time of 8:18.55 and will be competing in final D on Saturday.

Nigeria bowed out of the men’s team event in the Table Tennis after the trio of Segun Toriola, Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun lost 3-0 to China in Round 1 of the event.

However veteran Toriola was honoured by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) for his rare feat of competing in seven Olympic Games.

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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