Women’s teams bobsleigh final took place on wednesday, February 21, in Pyeongchang. The Nigerian team gave everything but without being a real threat to the other competitors.
Seun Adigun and Ngozi Onwumere went to Korea with the hope of making a big impact and writing the history of the Olympic Winter Games by becoming the first in Sub-Saharan Africa to compete in the bobsleigh or skeleton events. All projectors were focused on these women that no one was waiting at such a level.
It is therefore with butterflies inside that Nigeria, or rather all of Africa watched the young ladies rush towards their destiny. Their departure for the competition generated a real impetus of solidarity. All the attention was focused on these young women known for their practice of athletics (running, triple jump) who are participating for the first time in winter games.
The bobsleigh women’s final was held on Wednesday and the Nigerian team finished in the twentieth and last place in the standings. Seun and Ngozi finished far behind Germany team (Mariama Jamanka / Lisa Buckwitz), champions of the discipline after the fourth downhill.
Last Saturday, the other Nigerian Simidele Adeagbo in the skeleton also finished in the last position of the race won by the British Lizzy Yarnold.
But far from just filling the blanks at this great sporting event that is the Olympic Winter Games, the Nigerian team has opened a wide range of possibilities. They showed that all nations could, with a bit of preparation and rigor, hound the most experienced athletes in the world regardless of discipline.
Great is the work that remains to be done so that African athletes could become a real threat to their competitors from Europe, Asia, America or Oceania in competitions dedicated to winter sports. However, the performance gap can be reduced very quickly in the event of a final adoption of the Winter Games in the African sports calendar.