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Rio 2016 Olympics Chierika Ukogu qualifies for rowing quarter-finals

The athlete, who is also a graduate of Stanford University, trained with the US team before the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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Chierika Ukogu, a 24 year old United States born Nigerian who is representing Nigeria in the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics, has qualified for the quarter-finals of the rowing event.

Ukogu, who is the first Nigerian to represent the country in rowing, showed excitement after the result was announced.

The athlete, who is also a graduate of Stanford University, trained with the US team before the Rio 2016 Olympics. Ukogu also said she was glad to represent Nigeria.

In an interview she had before the Olympics, Ukogu said "It is my ultimate goal to be the 1st Nigerian to row at the Olympic Games.

"Heading into Rio, it's a really wonderful opporunity for Nigeria. This is the first time we've had an athlete at the Olympics in the sport of Rowing.”

READ: Dream Team beat Japan 5-4

Also, the Nigerian U-23 team beat Japan 5-4 in their first Group B game in the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics.

This good news from Chierika Ukogu might soften the attacks on the National Olympic Committee(NOC), who came under-fire as the Team Nigeria outfits could not make it to the opening ceremony of Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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