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Tokyo Olympics: 19 Nigerians to watch in track and field events

Tokyo Olympics: 19 Nigerians to watch in track and field events
July 23
19:40 2021

As the sky of Tokyo shimmered colourfully to the fireworks of the Olympics opening ceremony, athletes are pumped to make their nations proud once the wheel of events rolls their ways.

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Among these international contingents include a fast, strong and agile team of Nigerians who will set the track and field events alight with their talents.

Following the unfortunate disqualification of the women’s 4x400m relay team, Nigeria will be represented by 19 athletes at the Olympics.

Here is a short profile of Nigeria’s 19-member athletic team to fly the nation’s flag high at the track and field events in  Tokyo:

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Adegoke Enoch

Born: March 8, 2000

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Event: Men’s 100m

World Ranking: 43rd

Personal Best: 10.00s (+2.1) at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 17, 2021

Season’s Best: 10.00s (+2.1) at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 17, 2021

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Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2021

Amusan Tobi

Born: April 23, 1997

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Event: Women’s 100mH

World Ranking: 4th

Personal Best: 12.48s (+0.2) at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, on October 5, 2019.

Season’s Best: 12.48s (+1.8) at National Training Center, Clermont, Florida, on May 2, 2021.

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Olympic Appearance: Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021

Brume Ese

Born: January 20, 1996

Event: Women’s Long Jump

World Ranking: 3rd

Personal Best: 17.7m (+1.1) at Chula Vista, California, on May 29, 2021

Season’s Best: 17.7m (+1.1) at Chula Vista, California, on May 29, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021

Chukwuma Rosemary

Born: December 5, 2001

Event: Women’s 100m and 4x100m

World Ranking: 90th

Personal Best: 11.18s at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 17, 2021

Season’s Best: 11.18s at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 17, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Debut in 2021

Echikunwoche Annette

Born: July 29, 1996

Event: Women Hammer Throw

World Ranking: 23

Personal Best: 75.49m at Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson, Arizona, on May 22, 2021

Season’s Best: 75.49m at Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson, Arizona, on May 22, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2021

George Patience-Okon

Born: November 25, 1991

Event: Women 400m

World Ranking: 55th

Personal Best: 50.71s in Congo Brazaville on September 15, 2015

Season’s Best: 52.24s at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 18, 2021

Olympic Appearance: London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021

Nwokocha Grace

Born: April 7, 2001

Event: Women’s 100m, 200m and 4x100m

World Ranking: 81st

Personal Best: 11.09s (+1.7) Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on March 30, 2021

Season’s Best: 11.09s (+1.7) Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on March 30, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2021

Ofili Favour

Born: December 31, 2002

Event: Women’s 200m and 4x100m

World Ranking: 38th

Personal Best: 22.30s at Jax Track at Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida, on May 29, 2021

Season’s Best: 22.30s at Jax Track at Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida, on May 29, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2021

Okagbare Blessing

Born: October 9, 1988

Event: Women’s 100m, 200m and 4x100m

World Ranking: 5th

Personal Best: 10.63s (+2.7) at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 17, 2021

Season’s Best: 10.63 s(+2.7) at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 17, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021

Omovoh Knowledge

Born: October 1, 2000

Event: Women’s 4x100m

World Ranking: 268th

Personal Best: 44.55s at Cregger Track, Columbia, South Carolina, on March 27, 2021

Season’s Best: 44.55s at Cregger Track, Columbia, South Carolina, on March 27, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2021

Onyekwere Chioma

Born: June 28, 1994

Event: Women’s Discus Throw

World Ranking: 16th

Personal Best: 63.30m at Chula Vista, California, on April 29, 2021

Season’s Best: 63.30m at Chula Vista, California, on April 29, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2021

Patrick Glory

Born: August 25, 2000

Event: Mixed 4x400m

World Ranking: 292nd

Personal Best:3:14.09m at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 27, 2021

Season’s Best: 3:14.09m at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 27, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Season’s Best: Debut in Tokyo 2021

Uko Imaobong Nse

Born: February 20, 2004

Event: Mixed 4x400m

World Ranking: 112th

Personal Best: 3:14.09m at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 27, 2021

Season’s Best: 3:14.09m at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 27, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2021

Usoro Ruth

Born: October 7, 1997

Event: Women’s Long Jump and Triple Jump

World Ranking: 41st

Personal Best: 14.50m (+2.0) at Terry & Linda Fuller T&F Complex, Lubbock, Texas, on April 10, 2021

Season’s Best: 14.50m (+2.0) at Terry & Linda Fuller T&F Complex, Lubbock, Texas, on April 10, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2020

Enekwechi Chukwuebuka

Born: January 28, 1993

Event: Men’s Shot Put

World Ranking: 11th

Personal Best: 21.80m at Schifflange, Luxembourg, on August 18, 2019

Season’s Best: 21.53 at Prairie View, Texas, on June 6, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2021

Itsekiri Usheoritse

Born: January 31, 1998

Event: Men’s 100m

World Ranking: 37th

Personal Best: 10.02s (+1.6) at Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah, Rabat, on August 27, 2019

Season’s Best: 10.07s (+1.2) at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 17, 2021.

Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2021

Nathaniel Samson

Born: August 29, 1997

Event: Mixed 4x400m

World Ranking: 172nd

Personal Best: 3:14.09m at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 27, 2021

Season’s Best: 3:14.09m at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 27, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2021

Divine Oduduru

Born: October 7, 1996

Event: Men’s 100m and 200m

World Ranking: 71st and 23rd

Personal Best: 19.73s (+0.2) at Austin, Texas, on Jue 19, 2019

Season’s Best: 19.88s (+1.6) at Jax Track at Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida, on April 29, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021

Chidi Okezie

Born: August 8, 1993

Event: Mixed 4x400m

World Ranking: 71st

Personal Best: 3:14.09m at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 27, 2021

Season’s Best: 3:14.09m at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos, on June 27, 2021

Olympic Appearance: Debut in Tokyo 2021

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