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Gloria Asumnu to be inducted into Tulane’s Hall of Fame

Nigerian sprinter Gloria Asumnu has been selected as one of the inductees into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 to be held on Thursday November 13, 2014.

Gloria Asumnu in action for Nigeria at recent international athletics competitions.
Gloria Asumnu in action for Nigeria at recent international athletics competitions.

Nigerian sprinter Gloria Asumnu has been selected as one of the inductees for the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Asumnu, a 100m and 200m runner, will join four other former Tulane Athletics standouts such as Brian Bogusevic and Micah Owings (Baseball), Matt Forte (American Football) and Kim Lewis (Basketball) in the induction.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be inducted on Thursday, November 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Tulane University Uptown campus.

Announcing the Hall of Fame Class of 2014, Tulane Director of Athletics, Rick Dickson, said the five inductees turned in some of the most prolific seasons in their respective sports and are deserving of the award to be bestowed on them.

“On behalf of Tulane Athletics, it is my honour to recognize each of these former student-athletes for their accomplishments in the classroom and in their respective arenas during their time at Tulane,” Dickson said.

“Each of these recipients not only produced outstanding careers at Tulane, but was a part of some of the greatest moments in school history. These inductees continue to represent themselves and Tulane at the highest level in their communities and it is my pleasure to welcome them to the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame.”

Born in Houston, Texas, remains the gold standard for sprinters at Tulane following a standout career from 2003-2008.

Since graduating from Tulane in 2008, Asumnu has competed professionally on the track and field circuit, culminating in her Olympic appearance with Nigeria at the Olympic Games in London 2012.

She also competed in the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in 2011, and in Moscow, Russia in 2013 whilst also appearing at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in 2012 and Sopot, Poland in 2014.

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Asumnu was also part of the silver-winning Nigerian women’s 4x100m quartet at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and the just concluded African Athletics Championships in Marrakech, Morocco where Nigerian quartet won the 4x100m relay gold medal.

Gloria Asumnu and her co-inductees will be honoured at halftime of Tulane University’s homecoming game against Memphis at Yulman Stadium on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Mr Eludini is a Lagos-based journalist and news researcher with a passion for athletics and football. Tunde is a former 234NEXT reporter and covers the sports beat for the Premium Times newspaper. He provides track and field content for AthleticsAfrica.

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