RIO OLYMPICS UPDATE: AJAGBE, OKAGBARE FLOP AS ESE BRUME BOOKS PLACE IN LONG JUMP FINAL
Nigeria’s woes in Rio continued in the early hours of Wednesday when Nigeria’s last boxer in the on-going Olympics, Efe Ajagbe lost to Kazakhstan’s Ivan Dychko in his quarter-final bout.
Ajagbe who is also the only remaining African man in the boxing event, bowed to the World’s no. 2 after losing three rounds – 29-28, via a unanimous decision.
Also, the hopes of the country of winning a medal at the 200m event were dashed as Nigeria’s fastest woman, Blessing Okagbare finished 5th in the semi-finals and failed to qualify for the finals of the event.
Okagbare started in the Heat 1 of the semi-finals in Lane 6 but could only finish with a time of 22.69 seconds, finishing behind Dutch Dafne Schippers (21.96 seconds) and Jamaican Elaine Thompson, (22.13 seconds).
However, long jumper Ese Brume restored some hope to Nigerians after securing her spot in the final of the Long jump event, as she leaped 6.67m to finish 3rd in her group and 6th in the overall standings.
Brume is the African Long Jump Champion having won the gold medal at the African Championships in Durban earlier this year. She will be competing with 11 other finalists in Wednesday’s long jump final event.