- Lone boxer, Efe Ajagba beaten by Kazakhstan’s World Number Two
Duro Ikhazuagbe in Rio
Nigeria’s woes in the track & field events of the ongoing Olympic Games in Rio continued on Tuesday night as Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor failed to qualify for the final of the women’s 200m event.
The double 2014 Commonwealth Games sprint queen clocked 22.69secs to place fifth in the tough first semi final that also paraded Dapner Schippers of the Netherlands, Elaine Thompson (Jamaica), Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith and Lisa Mayer of Germany.
Another Delta athlete, Ese Brume, leapt 6.67m to place third in the qualifying event of the women’s long jump.
In boxing, Nigeria’s lone boxer here in Rio, Efe Ajagba lost 2-1 decision to world number two ranked Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan in the super heavyweight category. The three judges voted 10-9, 10-9, 9-10 in favour of the Eastern European boxer who won bronze at the last Games in London four years ago.