The Nigerian Bobsled team of Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omega will not win a medal but have reached a significant landmark as Africa’s first-ever Olympians in the event after finishing 20th position in a two-woman bobsled game.
So far, no African nation has won a medal at the Winter Olympics but after the first two heats at the Pyeonchang 2018 Winter Olympics, the pair finished with a personal best time of 52.21 in their appearance.
It was a moment of joy for the father of Seun Adigun, who sat on a freezing mountain in South Korea and watched his daughter be a part of Africa’s history at the Winter Olympics by rushing down a rollercoaster of ice at more than 62mph at the Winter Olympics.
The Guardian (www.theguardian.com) quoted Kola Adigun to say :“I’m ecstatic,”. “She’s already accomplished so much by being here. She’s thinking about her heritage and she decided to do it on her own. She’s setting the pace for future Nigerians.”
Elana Taylor and Lauren Gibbs from the United States of America came first with a time of 50.52 in Heat 1 while the pair of Mariana Jamaka and Lisa Buckwitz from Germany came second with a time of 50.54.
Jamie Poser and Aja Evans from USA came third with a 50.59 seconds.
In Heat 2, Mariana Jamaka and Lisa Buckwitz from Germany topped with a time of 50.72.Elana Taylor and Lauren Gibbs came second with a time of 50.81
Kallie Humphries and Phylicia George from Canada came third with a time of 50.88.
The duo of Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omega will take part in Heats 3 and 4 on today.