‘I Wanted Two Medals At Atlanta’96 But Got Only One’


Probably sensing Atlanta ’96 was going to be her only realistic chance of making the podium at the Olympics and with old Father Time winking at her, then reigning African queen of the track, Mary Onyali, was aiming to complete a double sprint podium appearance in her third appearance at the qaudrennia event.

Since she made her debut as a 20 year old in Seoul, South Korea in 1988, running as far as the semifinals in the 200m, Onyali was determined to transform into a real force to reckon with and make the podium at the games.

In 1992 in Barcelona she did make the podium but it was in the 4x100m. She led a Nigerian quartet that made history as the first African women team to win a 4x100m relay medal.

The celebration of that iconic bronze win by the quartet of Beatrice Utondu, Faith Idehen, Christy Opara-Thompson and Mary Onyali who anchored the team to the historic finish is one of the most enduring moments at the games, encapsulating the essence of it all.

“I still…

Source: Complete Sports