Team Nigeria now has one last chance to win something from athletics at the ongoing Rio Olympics.
The development comes from the qualification of the quartet of Bless Okagbare, Gloria Asumnu, Jennifer Madu and Agnes Osazuwa for the finals of women’s 4x100m relay at the Olympic Games.
Okagbare, on Thursday, led Team Nigeria into the finals after posting a 42.55sec finish.
The Nigerian quartet came second in heat two behind Germany who clocked 42.18sec and they will hope they can salvage something for Nigeria in the finals billed for 10.15pm Friday in Brazil (2.15am Saturday in Nigeria).
It has been disappointments galore for Nigeria at the Olympics as day after day, the country’s athletes crashed out of their respective races with some not even making it before the first round.
On Thursday, Stephen Mozia who many thought was a bright medal prospect, failed to make the finals of the Shot Put event.
For many, the poor preparations that characterized the build-up to the Olympics is now haunting the country in Rio.
Away from the tracks, the disappointment for Nigeria on the wrestling mat also continued on Thursday.
Blessing Oborududu and Odunayo Adekuoroye both failed to redeem the pride of the Nigerian Wrestling team at the Olympic games after losing in the round of 16 in their respective events.
Oborodudu fell 3-1 to Mongolia’s first female gold medallist of the World Wrestling Championships, Battsetseg Soronzonbold, in the 63kg event, while Adekuoroye, 22, lost to Sofia Mattsson of Sweden.
The Akure-born Adekuoroye, who won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships, was defeated 5-0.
Three wrestlers had earlier crashed out on Wednesday as the medal hopes for Nigeria is dimmer with the Olympic Games now at its business end.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...