Nigeria’s big hope of saving face in track and field crashed after Joke Odumosu placed last in the 400m Hurdles final.

She followed the footsteps of Blessing Okagbare who gave so much hope in the heats but placed last in the 100m final following injury.

Joke was also sensational in the semifinal, setting a national record with a 54.40 seconds outing. She enjoyed good rating after the semi-final. But like Blessing, rather than improve on her semi final time she dropped, running 55.38 to place last.

Antyukh Natalilya of Russia won the gold in 52.70 while Demus Lashinda of USA earned the silver medal with 52.77 seconds. Hejnova Zuzana of Czech Republic was the bronze winner in 53.38.

“I hit the hurdle the first hurdle and lost balance. I’m not disappointed. I wanted to win but it didn’t happen. I ran in the final of an event in the Olympics. I was the only African in that event. For me that’s a medal. Hurdles is very technical and the moment

I hit the first hurdle it was over for me although I fought hard to recover. To be honest with you, I’m happy with myself and the way I ran. But for what happened it probably could have been different. But that’s sports for you. I’m feeling good.”


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