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VIDEO: After 27 years, still no individual Nigerian gold medallist at the Olympic Games




It is another 2 August. It is 27 years since Chioma Ajunwa lept over 7.12 metres to win Nigeria’s first gold medal in the country’s 44 years of participation at the Olympic Games.

That was at the Centennial Games in Atlanta in 1996. Days later, the men’s football team followed with gold medal.

The Atlanta’96 remains Nigeria’s best outing till date. Four years later, the men’s 4×100 relay team had an initial silver medal upgraded to gold to make Nigeria’s total gold medal till date to three.

But so far, no individual has won a gold medal making Ajunwa’s feat unique.


Her feat is captured in a 2021 video documentary produced by Sports Village Square. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.