Okwelogu Earns Spot on Nigerian Olympic Team

Okwelogu Earns Spot on Nigerian Olympic Team

Okwelogu will compete in Rio August 12-21 (Athletic Communications).

NIGERIA – Harvard senior thrower Nikki Okwelogu is one of 35 athletes selected to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, qualifying in the shot put, as announced by the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

Okwelogu won the Nigerian national title earlier this year and has a personal season's best throw in the shot put of 17.91 meters (58.76 feet). Okwelogu also won the discus and finished second in the shot put at the African Championships in June.

"I'm thrilled for Nikki to have this opportunity to experience the Olympics while still a student-athlete," said Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "She has worked incredibly hard and put so much into this sport. It is great to see it paying off. I'm so proud of Nikki and wish her continued success in Rio."

An Academic All-Ivy League selection this spring, Okwelogu garnered first team All-America honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons this year, finishing third at indoors and eighth at the outdoor NCAA Championship meet.

The track and field portion of the Olympic Games in Rio is slated for August 12-21. A complete schedule can be found HERE.