Athletics In Nigeria: Golden 1996 or 1998?


There can only be two years in contest for the golden year of athletics – the track and field in Nigeria.

In 1996, Nigeria soared highest to Olympic glory, winning four medals including a first ever individual Olympic gold medal!

In fact 1996 was laced with lots of firsts in Nigerian athletics. It was the year Falilat Ogunkoya made history as the first Nigerian track and field athlete to win an individual medal at the quadrennial games.

It was also the first time Nigeria would win a first ever medal in the spring courtesy of Mary Onyali’s bronze win in the 200m.

The year also witnessed another first: a double medal win by an athlete in the history of Nigeria’s participation in the Games via Falilat Ogunkoya’s 400m bronze medal and 4x400m silver medal wins.


Ogunkoya on the podium for her 400m bronze medal at Atlanta ’96 Olympics

It was also the year three African records were set by Nigerian athletes at the same Olympics viz Ogunkoya’s 49.10 seconds 400m run…

Source: Complete Sports