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Rio2016 Olympic: Team Nigeria performances so far & Records set

Posted: August 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

BOXING: Efe Ajagba knocks out opponent in 157 seconds.


It took just 23 seconds for Nigeria’s sole representative in the boxing event at the ongoing Olympic Games, Efe Ajagba to knockout his Trinidad & Tobago opponent Nigel Paul.

Ajagba, who was fighting in the Super Heavyweight 91kg category, outclassed his opponent in round one, and after 2 minutes 27 second he sent Paul crashing.

The 22-year-old, who won gold in the 2015 All African Games, showed a high level of confidence to show why he is being tipped as one of Nigeria’s medal prospect.

The victory qualified Ajagba for the quarter final where he would face a tougher challenge against Ivan Dychko from Kazakhstan on Tuesday, August 16.

After his victory against the Trinidad and Tobago boxer, many Nigerians have took to social media to express their excitement on the prospect of Team Nigerian bagging a gold medal in the boxing event.

Some have described Ajagba’s victory in less than three minutes into the first round as being weird because of all the fights before this, nobody won by a knockout except the Nigerian.


Nigeria are through to the semi-finals of the ongoing Rio 2016 men’s soccer event.

A goal by captain Mikel Obi in the 15th minute and another by Aminu Umar in the 59th minute saw the Nigeria Dream Team VI beat Denmark by 2 goals to nothing.

Denmark started slowly, giving Mikel a chance to slot Imoh Ezekiel’s cross home to put coach Samson Siasia’s team in front in the first half. Nigeria continued to have the better of the possession, keeping the Europeans away from their half until Umar doubled the lead with an assist from Mikel in the second half.

Nigeria will now Germany to see if they can get to the final and make a repeat of what happened in 1996 in Atlanta where they became the first African country to win the Olympic soccer gold medal.

BASKETBALL:Nigeria’s basketball team, D’Tigers, recorded one of the biggest upsets at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics on Saturday night as they defeated Croatia 90-76 to win their first match in the basketball event at the Games.


The Nigerian side, who are African champions, had lost their first three matches against Argentina, Lithuania and Spain.

The coach Will Voigt  team’s victory against Croatia keep their hopes of qualifying for the quarter final alive.

The Nigerian team took a 43-39 half-time lead, despite going behind 28-21 at the end of the first half.

Shooting from all cylinders, Michael Umeh hit 5-of-8 three-pointers for 16 points first half points.

Nigeria’s impressive shooting from long range continued in the third quarter as they hit 4-of-7 attempts and saw their lead reach 50-35 when team captain, Ike Diogu connected from beyond the arc.

An 8-0 run spanning the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth enabled Croatia to cut the deficit to single digits, 70-61.

They would get within 74-71 on a Bojan Bogdanovic free-throw with 4:14 left to play but down the stretch Josh Akognon and Ebi Ere hit clutch three-pointers to secure the impressive win.

Nigeria win over Croatia see the Europeans dropping to 2-2 and it’s now all to play for D’Tigers who can make it through to the quarter-finals with a win over Brazil in their last game, pending results from other games.

Three Nigerian athletes in the ongoing Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games have set records that would be cherished in a longtime to come.

The trio with records are two table tennis stars, Segun Toriola and Aruna Quadri as well as Rower, Chierika Ukogu .

ToriolaThe 41-year-old Toriola had his seventh appearance in the current Games, equaling the table tennis record. This has made him the most capped African Olympian.

QuadriNigeria’s Aruna Quadri set another continental record after the 2014 ITTF star became the first African to reach the quarterfinals of men’s singles event at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

rowingUkogu on the other hand, qualified for top classification in the rowing event in Rio.

She is Nigeria’s first ever rower in the Olympics to have got that far, placing fifth in the third quarter final of the Women’s single sculls after clocking a time of 7:54.44 secs.

This is the 23-year-old’s first ever appearance in the Olympics.


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