Okwelogu Competes in Shot Put at Olympics

Okwelogu Competes in Shot Put at Olympics

The thrower took to the circle for Nigeria (Photo: Associated Press).

RIO DE JANEIRO – After a record-breaking junior campaign with the Crimson in 2015-16, rising senior Nikki Okwelogu competed in the shot put at the 2016 Olympics over the weekend inside Rio's Olympic Stadium.

Okwelogu finished 29th overall with a toss of 54-8.25 (16.67 meters). Finishing second among athletes representing African countries, her best toss came on her first attempt before scratching on her next two throws.

"I let external stressors from the trip affect me both mentally and physically, and I will probably always regret that," noted Okwelogu. "However, the amazing people that I have met and the incredible athleticism that I have witnessed while here in Rio, has made me grateful just to have participated."

Okwelogu was the only Crimson track and field athlete at the event, and was Harvard's first Olympian in track since Brenda Taylor '04 raced in the hurdles in Athens.