With four days gone at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nigeria is yet to get on the medals’ table (expectedly), but there is still hope with 12 more days of competition.
Out of the 78 athletes that make up the contingent, three are effectively already on holidays as the Table Tennis team suffered some mishaps.
Funke Oshonaike, Offiong Edem and Segun Toriola were sent packing.
The last man standing for Nigeria in the Table Tennis event is Aruna Quadri, who has to battle Ma Long of China on Tuesday at at 9.30pm.
Quadri beat his German, Boll Timo, 4-2 to seal a historic berth in the quarter finals of men’s single table tennis event.
Meanwhile, Nigeria men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, have to start their campaign afresh in Brazil after they lost their opening game against Argentina.
D’Tigers, as they are known, will be facing off against Lithuania at the Carioca Arena 1 at 7pm.
In other news…
Spanish contingent captain, Rafael Nadal, helped Spain into the tennis event quarter finals, when he partnered Marc Lopez, to beat Argentina 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
At the swimming pool, a Russian swimmer (with a doping record) ,Yulia Efimova, was (thankfully) beaten by Lilly King of the USA in the women’s 100m breaststroke.
Efimova was booed on Sunday when she raised a finger, signifying No.1, after she was allowed to compete at the Olympics after a successful appeal against a doping suspension.
Efimova was banned for 16 months in 2013 after traces of an anabolic steroid were found in her system.
# Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 USA 5 7 7 19
2 China 5 3 5 13
3 Australia 4 0 3 7
4 Italy 3 4 2 9
5 Japan 3 0 7 10