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Nigeria Tokyo 2020 Olympics Is Female — Guardian Life — The Guardian Nigeria Information – Nigeria and World Information

Each epoch has its defining moments for women and men, who form historical past, both for good or for dangerous. In Nigeria’s participation on the Olympic Video games within the final three a long time, the ladies have all the time given the nation one thing to cheer for greater than their male counterparts.

Chioma Ajunwa turned Nigeria’s first and solely particular person gold medallist on the Olympic Video games when she unleashed a large leap of seven.12m on her first try within the lengthy leap remaining at Atlanta 1996.

Her African document stood untouched for years till early this 12 months when it was damaged by Ese Brume, who was born simply months earlier than Ajunwa’s feat in Atlanta.

Brume achieved a 7.17m leap in Chula Vista, California, U.S. The gap took her to the highest of the 2021 record, which assured Nigerians that underneath regular circumstances, she would get a medal on the Tokyo Olympics. She did simply that.

The story of Nigerian ladies main the race to glory for Nigeria on the Olympics truly started on the Barcelona ‘92 Video games.

The Nigerian ladies’s 4x100m quartet of Beatrice Utondu, Religion Idehen, Christy Opara-Thompson and Mary Onyali produced a historic run, storming around the monitor in a time of 42.81seconds to win the Bronze medal.
Beatrice Utondu brilliantly led off the group, passing the baton effectively to Religion Idehen who ran an important backstretch and handed the baton to Christy Opara-Thompson.

Coming off the ultimate flip, Nigeria was barely behind France, however Mary Onyali’s grit wrestled with the endurance of Marie-José Perec over the ultimate 100m. Nigeria ultimately clinched the Bronze medal in an attention-grabbing end.

Onyali and ‘her gang’ had damaged the Nationwide Report (NR) and African Report (AR) in 42.39s from the preliminaries behind Jamaica (42.28s) and forward of France (42.58s). Until right now, their time nonetheless stands because the Space Report within the occasion. They stood as Nigeria’s most celebrated ladies athletes on the Olympics earlier than Chioma Ajunwa grabbed the gold at Atlanta ’96.

4 years later, hurdler, Gloria Alozie, got here to the occasion in Sydney, Australia, the place she gained silver for Nigeria within the 100m hurdles. She later switched nationality to Spain, the place she gained a gold medal on the 2002 European championship.

Beijing 2008 Olympics noticed lengthy jumper, Blessing Okagbare, writing her title within the historical past books. She grabbed a bronze medal, which was later transformed to silver after one of many athletes examined optimistic for banned medicine.

Other than her Olympics document, Okagbare can also be a World Championships medalist within the lengthy leap and 200 metres. She additionally holds the ladies’s 100 metres Commonwealth Video games document for the quickest time at 10.85 seconds. She can also be the present African document holder within the 200 metres, along with her run of twenty-two.04 seconds in 2018. Okagbare, the African 100m and lengthy leap champion in 2010, has additionally gained medals on the All Africa Video games, IAAF Continental Cup and World Relays.

Nonetheless, Okagbare was handed a provisional suspension for allegedly taking banned medicine on July 31, 2021, on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

At London 2012 Olympics, Workforce Nigeria did not win a medal, and at Rio 2016 Video games, the nation obtained one, a bronze via the lads’s soccer group.

Ese Brume
Workforce Nigeria’s participation on the Tokyo Olympics was nearly marred by crises, together with the disqualification of 10 athletes over anti-doping guidelines violation and the provisional suspension positioned on the nation’s prime sprinter, Blessing Okagbare.

The setback, however, the ladies have been in a position to maintain their very own when the lads did not reside as much as the expectations of Nigerians.

In athletics, Ese Brume put smiles on the faces of Workforce Nigeria officers within the early hours of Tuesday, when she gained a bronze medal within the lengthy leap occasion.

Brume, who lately worn out Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year-old 7.12m Atlanta’96 gold medal leap with a 7.17m leap, ensured that Nigeria’s 13 years look forward to a medal in athletics turned a factor of the previous.

At Rio 2016 Olympics, Brume was Nigeria’s solely athlete to look in a remaining of any occasion, and at Doha 2019 World Championships, she gained a bronze medal for Workforce Nigeria, when the hope for a medal was fading away.

Brume grew up eager to be a magnificence queen, however her inventory in athletics has risen over the past two seasons. Earlier than then, Brume had captured a gold medal for Nigeria on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games in Gold Coast, Australia, and per week later, gained gold on the African Senior Athletics Championship in Rabat, Morocco.

Shortly after she clinched the bronze medal on Tuesday, Ese Brume’s dad and mom, Dickson Oghenebrume and Sally Abaka devoted the medal to the President of the Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, and the incumbent and instant previous Governors of Delta State.

“We’re the happiest dad and mom in Nigeria proper now,” Oghenebrume mentioned. “We’re so proud to see our daughter convey Olympic glory to our nation… Pinnick is a father to Ese.

When Ese was found on the inter-house sports activities at St Theresa’s Grammar Faculty, Ughelli, he took her up, groomed her and set her up as a programmed athlete. Since then, our daughter has been rising in profile.

Blessing Oborududu
Blessing Oborududu bagged a silver medal within the 68Kg ladies’s wrestling class in Tokyo. Though Oborodudu misplaced 4-1 within the remaining match to U.S.’s Tamyra Inventory-Mensah, her achievement was celebrated late into the evening by Nigerian officers in Tokyo. She defied her harm to take part within the remaining combat.

Oborududu is the first-ever Nigerian to win an Olympics medal in wrestling. She made it to the ultimate by defeating Mongolia’s Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg 7-2 within the semi-finals. She had earlier defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova 3-2 within the quarterfinals, after seeing off Azerbaijan’s Elis Manolova within the Spherical of 16.

Nigeria Wrestling Federation President, Daniel Igali, revealed that Blessing Oborodudu’s success on the Tokyo Olympics is a results of 10 years of cautious planning. Igali, a former Olympics gold medallist, mentioned that he found the 68kg wrestler from her college’s inter-house sports activities, saying that Oborodudu is likely one of the most disciplined athletes he has labored with.

“The outcomes we’re starting to see on the Olympic stage is a couple of decade of preparations coming to fruition,” Igali mentioned. “If anybody deserves to win a medal right here, Blessing Oborududu does. By far one of many best-disciplined athletes I’ve ever groomed.

I found her at their inter-house sports activities competitors. She misplaced within the finals, however I noticed traits that I felt we may fine-tune.

“The remainder is now historical past. It’s been over a decade of close to misses. I’m so glad for her, the coaches, and the group,” Igali mentioned.

Gloria Alozie
Gloria Alozie travelled to Sydney along with her former fiance, Hyginus Anugo, additionally a member of the Workforce Nigeria monitor and area squad.

The couple, who have been planning to tie the knots in January 2001, had moved to Valencia, Spain in 1997 to coach forward of the Sydney Video games.

They might nonetheless have performed so had Anugo left Australia, as he had initially deliberate, after failing to make Workforce Nigeria’s remaining lower for the relay group. He attended Nigeria’s pre-Olympic coaching camp in Adelaide however, because the seventh quickest of eight 400m runners, was dropped from the squad when the choice was made to take simply six males for the relay.

Not wishing to overlook his fiancee’s massive shot at Olympic glory, whereas Alozie headed off to Yokohama for a remaining aggressive take a look at earlier than the Video games, Anugo made his method to Sydney and located lodging within the halls of residence at Southern Cross School.

A religious Christian, like Alozie, he was coming back from night prayers eight days earlier than the opening ceremony when a bus slowed to let him cross a busy highway outdoors a comfort retailer.

Anugo was waving his because of the driving force when he was hit by a automotive travelling in the other way. He was killed immediately.

Gloria Alozie was nonetheless in Japan on the time. She was advised her fiancee had been badly injured by a automotive however not that the 22-year-old love of her life had been killed. The tragic information was damaged by her teammates when she arrived at Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney. They wished to be readily available to console her.

Alozie went on to seize a silver medal within the 100m hurdles, after narrowly shedding the gold. Not happy with the style by which Workforce Nigeria officers dealt with the burial of her fiancee (Hyginus Anugo), Gloria Alozie modified nationality to Spain, the place she gained a medal on the World Athletics Championship.

She is again in Nigeria as a coach with Making of Champions (MoC).

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