Chinwe Okoro while competing for Nigeria in the women's Discus at the 2016 African Championships in Durban.

Team Nigeria competed in just two Sports: Basketball and Athletics on Day 10 of the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Blessing Okagbare comfortably won her 200m heat and qualified for the semis on Tuesday where she will be running in the same heat as World Champion Dafne Schippers and newly crowned Olympic champion Elaine Thompson.

Okagbare was not the only Nigerian athlete who advanced to the next round of her event. In men’s 110m hurdles, Antwon Hicks who was making his first appearance also advanced to the semifinal of his event.

In the women’s 400m Hurdles Amaka Ogoegbunam finished 4th with a time of 59.96s, which was not enough to see her make the final

Meanwhile in women’s Discus, having finished 9th in Group A with a mark of 58.85m, Chinwe Okoro finished 14th overall and did not advance to the final.

Also, both Tosin Oke and Olumide Olamigoke did not qualify for men’s Triple Jump final after finishing 11th from Group B, 23rd overall and 16th in Group 32nd respectively.

To Basketball, Nigeria’s D’Tigers had a chance at history when they played Brazil in their last group game, but they didn’t take it, and exited Rio 2016 Olympics winning a game.


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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here