It is the fifth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, but already, five Nigerian athletes have been eliminated from the competition. Three of them are expected to leave the Games Village two days after their eviction.
Olufunke Oshonaike, Olajide Omotayo and Uche Eke were unable to make it to the second round of their competitions on the first day of the Games and according to the rules they have 48 hours to leave the Games Village.
In table tennis, Oshonaike lost 1-4 to American Liu Juan, while Omotayo was beaten 0-4 by Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia.
In gymnastics, Nigerian participant Uche Eke failed to advance to the second round as his apparatus results and total score of 74.765 could not take him past the preliminary round.
Nigerian rower Esther Toko finished third in the Olympic standings, which qualified her for the E final in the women’s single scull. She clocked 9: 07.70 seconds in the E / F semi-finals. However, she is not in contention for a medal in this event as she had already failed in her race on opening day.
She had previously been fourth in 9: 07.54s in the prelims, which was only enough for fourth place. This put her out of the race for the two places available in the medal race. But it also gave him the opportunity to fight for a good final placement, which will earn him enough points for future competitions.
All was not catastrophic for the Nigerian team as Edem Offiong beat her opponent in the first round to advance to the second round of women’s table tennis.
Edem beat Dora Madarasz 4-1 (11-8 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4) to advance to the second round.