THIS DAY IN HISTORY: AJUNWA BECOMES 1ST BLACK AFRICAN OLYMPIC GOLD WINNER ON THE FIELD

After various setbacks in her career, Police woman, Chioma Ajunwa on this date, 2 August 1996, shot into global limelight when she became the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event.

Added to her record is the fact that she is the first gold medallist for Nigeria at the Olympic Games as leapt over 7.12 metres to win gold medal at the Atlanta 96 Olympics.

Incidentally, her leap was in the first round and no other athlete in the competition matched it. Ajunwa’s feat is not over yet. She is the first and only woman to compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup as a footballer as well as in the Olympics Games in track and field.

It will be recalled that she was in the Nigerian team at the inaugural FIFA Women’s Championship in China in 1991.

Following her Olympic gold medal at Atlanta ’96 Ajunwa was given a national award – Member of the Order of Niger (MON)