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Okagbare, Ogunlewe headline Team Nigeria to Rio 2016

Nigeria’s fastest sprinters Blessing Okagbare and Seye Ogunlewe top the list of Team Nigeria athletes to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Nigeria’s fastest sprinters Blessing Okagbare and Seye Ogunlewe topped the list of Team Nigeria athletes to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, head Media and Communication Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Blessing Okagbare will competing in the sprints, long jump and the 4x100m relay in Brazil.

Others in the women 100m and 4x100m are: Jennifer Madu, Gloria Asumnu, Peace Uko, Agnes Osazuwa, Zainab Sanni, Cecilia Francis, Khadijat Suleiman, and Olivia Ekpone.

The women 400m and the women 4x400m are: Patience Okon George, Margaret Bamgbose, Omolara Omotosho, Regina George, Yinka Ajayi, Rita Ossai, Ibukun Blessing Mayungbe and Ekundayo Sogbesan.

Oluwatobiloba Amusan will be competing in the 100m, Amaka Ogoegbunam 400m hurdles, Doreen Amata in High Jump, Ese Brume in Long Jump, Chinwe Okoro in Discus, Nwanneka Okwelogu in Shot Put and Uhunoma Osazuwa for Heptathlon.

Team Nigeria – Rio 2016 Olympics

WOMEN (25):
100m – Blessing Okagbare, Jennifer Madu, Gloria Asumnu

200m – Blessing Okagbare

400m – Patience Okon George, Omolara Omotosho, Margaret Bamgbose

100mH – Oluwatobiloba Amusan

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400mH – Amaka Ogoegbunam

HJ – Doreen Amata

LJ – Ese Brume

Discus – Chinwe Okoro

Shot Put – Nwanneka Okwelogu

Heptathlon – Uhunoma Osazuwa

4 x 100m Relay Pool – Blessing Okagbare, Peace Alphonsus Uko, Gloria Asumnu, Agnes Osazuwa, Jennifer Madu, Zainab Sanni, Cecilia Francis, Olivia Ekpone, Kadijah Suleiman

4 x 400m Relay Pool – Patience Okon George, Omolara Omotosho, Margaret Bamgbose, Regina George, Yinka Ajayi, Rita Vivian Ossai, Blessing Mayungbe, Funke Ogunbase, Ekundayo Sogbesan

MEN (11):
100m – Ogho-Oghene Egwero, Adeseye Ogunlewe, Monzavous Edwards

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200m – Divine Oduduru, Oghenetega Odele

400m – Orukpe Eraiyokan

110mH – Antwon Hicks

400mH – Miles Ukaoma

TJ – Tosin Oke, Olumide Olamigoke

Shot Put – Stephen Mozia

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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