Team Nigeria competed in three sports (Athletics, Basketball, and Rowing) on Day 8 at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

Blessing Okagbare and Grace Nwokocha both qualified for the semis of the women’s 100m in the early hours of the morning. Nwokocha was rather impressive as she raced to a new Personal Best of 11.00s to finish third being two-time Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Okagbare was more elegant and graceful in her heat, breaking little sweat in wining in 11.05s.

Nigeria’s Mixed 4x400m team made up of the quartet of Emmanuel Ojeli, Imaobong Nse Uko, Samson Nathaniel, and Patience Okon-George ran an impressive 3:13.60 to set a new African and National Record as they finished fifth in Heat 1 of this event, a result that saw them miss out on the Olympic final.

In Basketball, D’ Tigress, Nigeria’s women’s Basketball team lost 87-62 to France despite playing a much better 4th quarter. It was their 2nd defeat at the Games, after losing their opening match to the USA.

Esther Toko placed 6th in the women’s singles sculls final E. She’d take solace in the fact that she improved her PB from 8:58.49s to 8:42.78s and will take this Olympics as a learning curve.


Deji is one of the leading Athletics journalists in Nigeria as he possesses a deep passion for PR and branding athletes. He has extensively covered a wide range of sporting competitions, both within and outside Nigeria, with a particular focus on showcasing African Sports Stories. In addition to his journalistic prowess, he is well-versed in Sports Management and Marketing.


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