Nigeria’s Enekwechi Loses on Shot Put Medals
Nigeria’s Chukwuebuka Enekwechi Thursday morning failed in his bid to win a medal in the men’s shot put final at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The Nigerian athlete finished 12th after throwing 19.74m on his third attempt.
He fouled in his first attempt, and on his second, he’s thrown 18.87m.
Ranked among the top 12 in the event before the Games, Enekwechi made history on Tuesday when he became the first Nigerian to qualify for the final of the shot put event.
Bare 24 hours before the game, Enekwechi was seen in a video washing the jersey for his shot put final.
The video, which went viral, got many Nigerians angry.
The caption in the video indicated that the athlete was given one jersey for the competition.
“When you made the Olympic Finals, but you only have one jersey,” he wrote.
World record-holder Ryan Crouser bettered his own Olympic mark as he retained the men’s shot put title on Thursday.
The American managed a best of 23.30 metres on his sixth and final effort, a new Olympic record after his five previous attempts had also all gone beyond the 22.52m that saw him win gold at the 2016 Rio Games.
The 28-year-old Crouser led a repeat of the Rio podium, with teammate and world champion Joe Kovacs taking silver with 22.65m, and New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh claiming bronze (22.47).
Crouser put in a consistent shift in baking conditions at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, going into the lead with his first attempt and never ceding.
Expectations on Crouser, who was pushed into silver by Kovacs at the 2019 world championships in Doha, had obviously been high.
After his victory was confirmed, he quickly ran to his kit bag, donned a cowboy hat and showed to the television cameras a sheet of paper on which was written: “Grandpa, we did it, 2020 Olympic champion.”
Crouser was brought up in a family deeply embedded in athletics: his father Mitch was an alternate on the discus team at the 1984 Los Angeles Games while his uncle Brian was a two-time Olympian in the javelin and cousin Sam represented the United States in the javelin in Rio.
His grandfather Larry, he has revealed, was instrumental in encouraging him in the pursuit of Olympic glory with training sessions from an early age in his backyard.
Crouser’s victory follows an exceptional US trial in June during which he set a world record of 23.37m.