D’Tigers, Okagbare, Brume tipped to shine in Tokyo


By Morakinyo Abodunrin

With all eyes set on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,  the Nigeria’s national men’ basketball team otherwise known as D’Tigers alongside sprinters  Blessing Okagbare  and  Ese Brume  are being tipped for podium finish in Japan.

Influential British Broadcasting  Corporation (BBC)  explained that African runners are well known for their Olympic dominance of middle and long-distances, while acknowledging  a strong showing of  some African athletes  to compete  in the  five new events added to the  Tokyo Olympics including surfing, sport climbing, baseball/softball, skateboarding and karate.

Meanwhile, Okagbare , a silver medal winner  in the long jump event is being tipped to shine in the women’s 100m event in Tokyo  based on her antecedents.

Though the 32-year-old  did not win a medal at 2016 Rio Olympics, observers believed she can ruffle feathers  based on  her season’s Personal Best  record of 10.89 secs.

Still staying with athletics, 25-year-old  Brume is mentioned as one of the Africans to cause a stir in her women’s long jump event.

“Ese Brume is one of three African women jumpers to exceed 7m.” noted BBC.

Yet  the D’Tigers  who secured Africa’s only automatic berth for Tokyo at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, are regarded a medal candidate  following their impressive build up  en route to Tokyo  as they  beat bot the USA and Argentina  in exhibition matches in Las Vegas.

 



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