Team Nigeria competed in Athletics and Boxing events on Day 11 of the ongoing Olympic Games taking place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
It was a mixed day, with Nigeria having some cheerful moments from athletes who were in action on Tuesday.
On the track, Divine Oduduru matched his words with action as he advanced to the semifinal of the men’s 200m finishing 2nd behind Usain Bolt who won their first round heat.
Also in the semis, Oduduru will face Bolt yet again for the second time in two days, as he aims for a place on the in the final.
Another Nigerian athlete who also advanced to final of her event is Ese Brume, finishing 3rd in group B after leaping a mark of 6.67m in the qualification rounds and being in the top 12. Meanwhile, Oluwatobiloba Amusan qualified for the semis of the women’s 100m Hurdles after going through as one of the best losers in 12.99s.
In women’s 200m semifinals, Blessing Okagbare could not progress to the final after finishing 5th with a time 22.69s.
While running from lane 2 in heat 3 of the men’s 110m hurdles, Antwon Hicks clipped a barrier which affected his momentum as he finished 8th in 14.26s.
In Boxing, Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba was defeated in his +91 Super Heavyweight quarterfinal bout against Ivan Dychko, with the Kazakhstan boxers progressing to the semis with victory by unanimous decision.