After making history as the first Nigeria rowing athlete to feature at the Rio Olympic Games, Chierika Ukogu, a U.S.-based Nigerian athlete took a further step as she booked a place in the quarterfinals of the rowing event.
The youngster who is making her maiden participation is also a graduate of Stanford University and trained with the U.S. team before the Rio 2016 Olympics. She came third with a time of 8:3534 behind Austria’s Lobnig Magdalena (8:26:83) and Czech’s Topinkova Knapkova (8:28:90) who both came first and second respectively.
Despite facing early slowdown before the commencement of the Games, Ukogu showed no sign of distraction as she rowed her way to the finish line. Targeting a gold medal the athlete revealed to Olympic.org prior to game that nothing short of the gold medal would be enough for her.
“It is my ultimate goal to be the first Nigerian to row at the Olympic Games. Heading into Rio, it’s a really wonderful opportunity for Nigeria. This is the first time we’ve had an athlete at the Olympics in the sport of rowing,” she said.