Nigeria is yet to get a medal at the Rio Olympic 2016 but hope to get on soon as Blessing Okagbare and Atwon Hicks who are topping the list of Team Nigeria athletes that will be in action on Day 5 of athletics at the ongoing Rio Olympic Games.
The duo performances on Tuesday in both the women’s 200m semi final and the 110 hurdles respectively is a hope raiser to the country whose football team has been doing wonderfully well in Brazil.
Okagbare did not make it beyond the semi finals in the 100m and she will hopeto get it right in the 200m, even though a stern test awaits her in the semis which will take place 10.00pm Brazil time which is 2.00am here in Nigeria.
For Hicks who switched allegiance from competing for America to Nigeria and now is the national record holder, he would be hoping for a slot in the 110m hurdles final when action gets underway 8.40pm in Brazil which is past midnight in Nigeria.
The final race is fixed for 2.45am Wednesday in Nigeria.
Aside from the duo of Okagbare and Hicks, another Nigerian, Tobi Amusan, will be taking her Olympic bow as the Heats for the 100m Hurdles event get underway.
Amusan,who has enjoyed sparkling form since she travelled to the United States where she schools and runs with University of Texas, El Paso,will be running in Heat 3 which will take place at about 3.33pm Nigeria time.
Also another Nigerian, Ese Brume, will be in action in the Women’s Long jump event. Brume who is the reigning Commonwealth champion will hope to be among the 12 finalist to be selected from a pool of 38 jumpers.