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Rio Olympics: Nigerians hail Chierika Ukogu’s heroics

Rio Olympics: Nigerians hail Chierika Ukogu's heroics

Nigerians have hailed and expressed support for the country’s first ever rower at the Olympics Games, Chierika Ukogu.

The 23-year-old became Nigeria’s first ever representative in rowing at the Rio Games and has continued to make history.

On Tuesday, a day after she made it through to the quarter-finals of the women single sculls event, Ukogu, made it to the semi-finals.

Nigerians, who have lamented the shoddy preparations ahead of the games, took to the social media to celebrate her victory, wishing her more success at the Games.

Prior to representing Nigeria, the United States-based athlete had rowed for Mount St. Joseph Academy and Stanford University.

She qualified for the Olympics in October 2015 at the African Olympic Qualification Regatta in Tunisia.


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