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Nigerian team make history with PyeongChang qualification

Nigerian team make history with PyeongChang qualification

17/11/2017 at 08:47Updated 17/11/2017 at 09:15

History will be made at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics with the news that Nigeria have qualified their first ever athletes – the first ever African team to contest the bobsleigh.

Nigeria have secured a place at the Games for their women’s bobsleigh team of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga.

The three-person team completed five qualifying races, with the final one coming in Calgary this week, to earn a spot at the PyeongChang Games, which start on February 9.

No Nigerian athlete has ever taken part in a Winter Olympics before, and no African team has ever contested the bobsleigh.

"Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed."

No African country has ever won a medal at the Winter Games.

Adigun has prior Olympic experience having competed at the 100m hurdles in London 2012.

Her team launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $75,000 to help fund their Olympic dream.

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