Rio 2016: 35 athletes to represent Nigeria

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria celebrates winning gold in the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

35 athletes will be representing Nigeria at the 2016 Olympic Games according to the country’s athletics federation.

The Nigeria Athletics Federation (AFN) on Tuesday, July 13 named the 35 athletes that were selected after the All Nigeria Championships/Olympic Trials in Sapele last week.

Sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare is the first on the list along with the current national men’s 100m champion  Seye Ogunlewe.

Okagbare will compete in 100m, 200m,  4x100m and long jump at the Olympics.

Other runners in the women’s 100m and 4x100m  include Jennifer Madu, Gloria Asumnu, Peace Uko, Agnes Osazuwa,  Zainab Sanni, Cecilia Francis, Khadijat Suleman and Olivia Ekpone.

Ogunlewe, Egwero Ogho-Oghene and Monzavous Edward will run in the  men’s 100m while Odele Tega and Oduduru Divine  will compete in the 200m.

Orukpe Eraiyokan will be the only man representing Nigeria in the 400m while new national record-holder Antwon Hicks will take part in the men’s 110m hurdles.