Tokyo Olympics: Ogunbanwon Wins Heat 1 Of Women’s 100m Freestyle
Written by MaryGift Sunday on July 30, 2021
Nigerian Swimming representative, Abiola Ogunbanwon made history at the Tokyo Olympics by winning the heat 1 of Women’s 100m Freestyle.
Ogunbanwon bested the rest of the field in 59.74 seconds with Antunovic Andela of Montenegro coming in second in a time of 1:00.01 minutes.
The 17-year-old became the first Nigerian woman ever to finish this event in less than one minute.
She also surpassed Ngozi Monu’s record of 1:15 m achieved at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Despite the historic feat, her winning time fell short of the best 16 times required to progress into the semi-final.
Ogunbanwon came on the scene representing Nigeria at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships held in Gwangju, South Korea.
She also competed in the women’s 100-meter freestyle and women’s 200-meter freestyle events. In both events, she failed to advance to the semi-finals.