American-born Nigerian professional rower, Chierika Ukogu who made history as the first ever Nigerian athlete to compete for the Rowing event at the Olympic games finished second in the Final D of the Women Single Sculls, and final standing of 20th in the Olympics.
Unfortunately Ukogu does not qualify for a medal but her achievement would mean her ranking would definitely shoot up.
The now legendary rower qualified for the final after she finished fourth in the semi-final with a total time of 8:18:55 while in the final she finished with a total time of 7.44.76.
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Some analysts have said she single-handedly created Nigeria’s rowing team, this is not far from truth. Considering the cost of equipment is quite steep – around N4.8 million by today’s naira.
She stated that her ultimate goal is to represent Nigeria at the Olympics, which at 23 years has now been achieved.
Due to a lack of infrastructure, Chierika not only had to be selected for the team for Rio 2016 but also had to fund herself. She started a gofundme campaign in 2015 and successfully raised $15,000 to get herself equipped and transported to Rio, Brazil.
We celebrate with Chierika Ukogu who has emerged 2nd in women's single sculls final D. #TeamNigeria #rowing #NGR pic.twitter.com/tOx1lqmXL5— Making of Champions (@MakingOfChamps) August 13, 2016
We also need to mention that Chierika's 2nd place finish in final D won't attract a medal instead a boost in her ranking. #rowing #ngr— Making of Champions (@MakingOfChamps) August 13, 2016