Born in Nigeria on October 16th, 1977, Lucy Ogechukwu Ejike has competed in three Paralympic Games, winning a total of three medals - 2 gold, one silver.
She first competed in the 44kg class at the Sydney 2000 Games, where she claimed the silver medal behind Egypt’s Fatma Omar.
Ogechukwu Ejike then went one better at Athens 2004, where she smashed the world record twice on the way to winning the 44kg class gold medal with a lift of 127.5kg.
She moved up a weight class to 48kg at Beijing 2008 and broke the world record by 7kg on her first attempt. This was then followed by an even more impressive lift of an extra 5kg, setting another record at 130kg and clinching the gold medal.
Nigeria won a total of 6 golds, 5 silvers and 1 bronze at the London 2012 Paralympic games
Ivory Nwokorie celebrating her gold medal success at the London 2012 Paralympics! Nigeria’s second gold medal of the games and the first Nigerian female athlete to reach the pinnacle at this year’s games.
Yarisley Silva equalled her personal best of 4.75 metres that she set in the 2011 Pan American games in Mexico to secure a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
At the age of 25, Yarisley has taken the pole vault world by storm. No one would have expected her to be in medal contention, let alone winning the silver medal after finishing 27th in the 2008 Olympics games in Beijing.
Wasn’t to be for Christine this year. A gutsy performance down the stretch to claw back the silver medal. Well deserved and long overdue olympic gold medal for Sanya Richards Ross while Dee Dee Trotter claimed the bronze.
Tiki Gelana wins the Women’s Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 7 seconds, breaking the Olympic record. She is only the second Ethiopian to win the Olympic marathon. What’s more, she slipped and fell in the middle of the race and bruised her elbow but she got up and continued on with the race, like the champ she is.
LONDON (Reuters) - Cuba’s Idalys Ortiz improved on her bronze medal of four years ago to win the women’s Olympic heavyweight judo title on Friday, ending the title holder’s five year unbeaten run in the process.
Ortiz, 22 and world number six, beat Japan’s Mika Sugimoto in the final after she was awarded the win by the referee and two judges as the fight finished scoreless after extra time.
“I have no way to describe how I’m feeling right now,” she told reporters. “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. All I can say is that I feel amazing right now.”
Her route to gold in the +78kg category included a notable victory in the semi-final over China’s Tong Wen, the reigning Olympic champion who had not lost an international fight since 2007.
“I’ve always said nobody’s invincible. I’ve always thought that with anyone, not only Tong Wen, but anyone who competes against me,” Ortiz said.
In a sport that has largely been dominated by Caucasian and more recently Chinese athletes, 20 year old Jennifer Abel who represents Canada and is of Haitian decent, has shown what a bright future she has ahead of her in her diving career. She claimed her first gold medals in the 2010 commonwealth games in Delhi in both the 1m springboard and 3m synchronised springboard and went onto claim a silver medal in the 3m synchronised springboard at the 2011 Shanghai World Championships. At 5ft 3 inches and 62kg, the sheer power she generates on the diving board is remarkable.
Jennifer became the youngest ever athlete at the age of 16 to compete in diving at the olympic games in Beijing and has come back to London this year to earn Canada’s first Olympic medal in the Women’s Synchronised 3m springboard, where she got a bronze medal with her partner, Emilie Heyman. Both Jennifer and Emilie will be competing tonight for a gold medal in the individual 3m springboard.
I found a few of her videos on youtube and the strength, dedication and commitment this young athlete shows is remarkable. Aptly named, “Watch Jennifer Able Giver Her Everything,” if you skip forward to 2:10 in the video below, Jennifer jumps straight onto a swiss ball and holds her balance likes its nothing (albeit the swiss ball is directly in front of a dive mat, preventing it from rolling forward but still, incredibly difficult to perform!).
Wishing her massive luck for tonight. Go Jennifer!
Blessing Okagbare kicks off her olympic campaign today in the 100 metres heats. She’s coming off two great wins in the London and Monaco diamond league track meets this year, claiming the scalps of Carmelita Jeter and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce along the way!!
The 23 year old Nigerian will also be competing in the long jump after winning the bronze medal 4 years ago in Beijing.