Tokyo 2020: 19 year old Ayomide Bello misses out on canoe semis

Written by on August 4, 2021

Nigeria’s Ayomide Bello finished third in the Heat 3 of the Women’s Canoe Single 200 held and missed out on an automatic semi-finals spot. However, she did qualify for the quarter-finals with a time of 47.539.

In the Quarter-finals 3 event sadly, she failed to qualify for the semi-finals which will hold on Wednesday August 4.

In 2019 while competing in Bhopal India, Ayomide Bello made history becoming the first Nigerian to win a GOLD medal at an International Sailing championships.

She then secured qualification for Tokyo 2020 winning the C1 200m event at the African Olympic qualifiers in Morocco.

Bello’s journey to the top has been bumpy. She dropped out of Wesley Girls Secondary School Yaba, after the death of her father and started fishing with her mother to support the family.

She was also a hairdresser, hopefully being an Olympian now will change all that.

Bello, who hails from Arogbo town in Ondo State, is one of the first home-based Nigerian athletes to qualify for Canoeing and Rowing events at the Olympics.

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