Canoeist is first Nigerian athlete to arrive Rio for 2016 Olympics

Akinyemi arrived in Rio on Tuesday, July 26 for the Olympic Games and was received at the Games Village by officials of Team Nigeria.

Jonathan Akinyemi

The British-born Nigerian canoeist is one of the 86 athletes that will represent Nigeria at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

reports that Akinyemi arrived in Rio on Tuesday, July 26 for the Olympic Games which begins on Saturday, August 5.

He was received at the Games Village by officials of Team Nigeria.

“He immediately got down to work and has not slowed down since he hit Rio,” a source from the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) said in the report.

The 27-year-old is Nigeria’s only hope of winning its first Olympic medal in Canoeing.

Born in England, Akinyemi is the first Nigerian to compete in the canoeing event of the Olympic Games.

He qualified as Nigeria’s only canoeist to Rio 2016 in the men's K-1 class by obtaining a top finish at the 2015 African Canoe Slalom Championships in Sagana, Kenya.

Akinyemi was born and brought up in England and first visited Nigeria in 2008.

He competed at 2012 Summer Olympics in the K-1 event, finishing 21st in the heats, failing to qualify for the semifinals.

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