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Tokyo 2020: Discus Queen Onyekwere Hopeful, Eager To Represent Nigeria Well

Tokyo 2020: Discus Queen Onyekwere Hopeful, Eager To Represent Nigeria Well

Team Nigeria’s medal hope in the the Discus event of Tokyo 2020
Olympics, Chioma Onyekwere, is already living her dream of becoming an Olympian, and it is a great motivation as the current national champion targets a bigger goal,


The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will get underway from July 23 until August 8 2021, with Team Nigeria looking to participate well and win medals.

Cici, as Onyekwere is fondly called, became a discus national champion after she threw a distance of 62.20m in her very first appearance at the Nigerian Olympic Trials in June. She beat the duo of Obiageri Ameachi (55.18m) and Esther Osisike (47.39m) to the top spot.

The 27 year old’s pedigree which has made her an olympic medal hopeful for Nigeria also includes winning
a gold medal at the 2018 African Championships in Asaba, gold medal at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco; bronze at the 2016 African Championships in Durban, South Africa and fourth-place finish at the 2018 Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Maryland took to her Instgram page to express her excitement as a confirmed Olympian ahead of the Games in Tokyo.

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“I am AN OLYMPIAN!! Words cannot even describe how I feel! I have been chasing this dream for 5 years and finally it has come true,” Onyekwere’s post reads.


National champion: Onyekwere at the Nigerian Olympic Trials

“Working a full time job as a PD
engineer at a Fortune 500 company, all while pursuing to compete at the peak level of achievement for any athlete has been anything but easy. The steps it took to get here were
grueling but it taught me discipline, tenacity and, to never give up on my dreams. I am proud to be an Engineer and to now call myself an Olympian.

“Thank you to all my friends and family that have helped me on this journey. It required sacrifices
that were challengin

“Thank you to @ford [Ford Motor Company] for being supportive and flexible during this journey.

“Thank you God for giving me this gift so I can showcase it to the world.”

And on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics goal, Onyekwere wrote: “The journey doesn’t end here. It is one month out from the Women’s Discus Prelims. I can’t wait to represent my family and Nigeria. Stay tuned to watch my journey continue at the Tokyo Olympics.”

By Nnamdi Ezekute

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