Team Nigeria capped their London Olympics outing Saturday in a miserable fashion, dashing the hopes of their nation for even the least of medal, a bronze.
The under-par team lost in athletics, taekwondo and wrestling.
The women’s 4 x 400 metres relay team of Omolara Omotosho, Idara Otu, Bukola Abogunloko and Regina George was disqualified in the final match to place last in the event. They had crossed the line at the point of exchanging the baton.
Andrew Dick also lost in the men’s freestyle wrestling, losing in the round of 16 of the 84 kg. category to Puerto Rico’s Jaime Espinal.
He had drawn bye from the qualification round, only to lose 1-3 to the 27-year-old central American at the ExCel-North Arena 2.
The 36-year-old Nigerian had another chance to redeem himself in the event’s repechage later in the day but he lost 0-5 to Dato Marsagishvili of the Republic of Georgia.
Earlier in the day also, Chika Chukwumerije failed to get a chance for the bronze medal in taekwondo when he failed to qualify for the repechage.
Chukwumerije had lost to number four seed Robelis Despaigne in the qualification round earlier and could have had a chance for the repechage if the Cuban had progressed to the final.
However, Despaigne lost to Anthony Obame of Gabon to dash Chukwumerije’s hopes and what was earlier seen as Nigeria’s biggest medal hope.
And so Team Nigeria will head home, without any silverware.