Under Tokyo, Japan, the Olympic Games are currently in progress.
We begin with tennis, where seven-time Olympian and history-maker FunkeOshoniake was the first athlete from Team Nigeria to compete, although not on a positive note.
In the Women’s Table Tennis Singles preliminary round, Oshonaike was defeated 4-1 by Juan Liu of the United States.
Oshonaike fought back in the opening game (11-7) but couldn’t keep up with Liu in the second and third games (11-3, 11-4) as Liu cruised to a 3-0 victory.
The Nigerian veteran won the fourth game 13-11 before Liu sealed the victory in the fifth game (11-4).
In tennis, Olajide Omotayo was defeated 4-0 in straight games by Tiago Apolonia of Portugal in Round One of the Men’s Singles. The Nigerian showed flashes of brilliance, but the platform was eventually too big for him.
In Round One of the Women’s Singles, EdemOffiong, Nigeria’s highest-ranked women’s table tennis player, defeated Dora Madarsz 4-1 (11-8,11-9,11-9,9-11,11-4) to give the country a win.
EdemOffiong is Nigeria’s lone Olympic winner so far, but she has also crashed out (Tokyo Olympics) Instagram
Her trip came to an end a day later in Round 2, when she was defeated 1-4 by Lily Zhang of the United States.
She defeated Zhang in the opening game, but the US champion fought back to win the next four games, outclassing the Nigerian in Games 2 and 3.
Edem played well in Game 4 and forced a tie-break, however she lost the game due to an unforced error.
How Team Nigeria fared at Gymnastics
Nigeria has been registered in Gymnastics for the first time in Olympic history, but its representative, Uche Eke, failed the first trial.
Eke competed in the Men’s All-Around and finished 36th overall after the two subdivisions, with a total score of 74.765 points.
Eke did not perform abysmally. His third Rotation, in which he competed in the Vault, was impressive, as he achieved 13.433 points. He was just as terrible on the floor with 12.833 points and a Pommel Horse with 12.866 points.
Godwin Olofua and AnuoluwapoJuwonOpeyori of Nigeria competed in the Men’s Doubles Group Play stage, losing 2-0 (21-2, 21-7) to Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe of Japan.
How Team Nigeria fared at Canoeing
A Nigerian competitor raced in the sprint event in canoeing sprint for the first time in the Olympics. On Friday, July 23, Esther Toko rowed in Heat 2 of the repechage stage of the women’s sculls, clocking a time of 8.58.49s.
Although her fourth-place finish did not qualify her for the quarter-finals, she was given the opportunity to race in the Semifinal E/F, where she finished third in Heat 1 Singles Sculls Semis E/F, earning a spot in the E final, where she will not be competing for a medal.
The 21-year-old athlete from Ondo State qualified for the Final E with a time of 9:07.70.
The D’Tigers, a Nigerian men’s senior basketball team, were defeated 84-67 by Australia in their inaugural game at the Tokyo Olympics.
In the first quarter, Nigeria showed to be a match for the Australians, with a score of 23-23. The Nigerians were unable to keep up in the second quarter.
It was the same in the third and fourth quarters before the tie was broken at 84-67.
The D’Tigers lost the game owing to free-throw errors, and a lack of three-point shooting was also a major flaw.
How Team Nigeria fared at Taekwondo in the Olympics
Elizabeth Anyanacho, Nigeria’s sole Taekwondo representative at the current Tokyo Olympics, was eliminated in the Round of 16 in the Women’s Under-67kg division.
On Sunday, she was defeated 12-7 by Turkish boxer Nur Tatar.
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