17-year-old Abiola Ogunbanwo becomes first Nigerian woman to finish 100m freestyle under a minute at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Wednesday.
Before Ogunbanwo, no Nigerian woman had ever gone under a minute in the women’s 100m freestyle event. However, Abiola Ogunbanwo, on Wednesday 28th July 2021 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre won Heat 1 of her favourite event in 59.74s.
Before Wednesday, Ngozi Monu’s longstanding Nigerian record of 1:00.50, which had stood since 2007, served as the benchmark, but Ogunbanwo has now set a new standard.
Competing in the very first heat of the women’s 100m freestyle event, Ogunbanwo finished ahead of Andela Antunovic of Montenegro (1:00.01), Nepal’s Gaurika Singh (1:00.11), and Mineri Gomez of Guam (1:04.00).
Before Ogunbanwo, Nigerians who have competed the pool at the Olympics were Musa Bakare (Barcelona ‘92), Ikhaghomi Joshua (Barcelona ‘92), Monu (Sydney 2000 & Beijing 2008), Gentle Offoin (Sydney 2000), Lenient Obia (Athens 2004), Eric Williams (Athens 2004), Yellow Yeiyah (Beijing 2008), Samson Opuakpo (Rio 2016), and Rachael Tonjor (Rio 2016).