Nigeria’s Chukwuebuka Enekwechi fails to win a medal in the men’s shot-put final at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday.
The Nigerian athlete finished 12th after throwing 19.74m on his third attempt.
He fouled in his first attempt, and on his second, he’s thrown 18.87m.
Ranked among the top 12 in the event before the Games, Enekwechi made history on Tuesday when he became the first Nigerian to qualify for the final of the shot-put event.
World record-holder Ryan Crouser bettered his own Olympic mark as he retained the men’s shot-put title on Thursday.
The 28-year-old Crouser led a repeat of the Rio podium, with teammate and world champion Joe Kovacs taking silver with 22.65m, and New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh claiming bronze (22.47).
Barely 24 hours before the game, Enekwechi was seen in a video washing jersey for his shot-put final.
The video, which went viral, got many Nigerians angry.
The caption in the video indicated that the athlete was given one jersey for the competition.
“When you made the Olympic Finals, but you only have one jersey,” he wrote.
How can we even expect such an athlete to win when he is more worried about his jersey than the competition at hand because he has only one jersey to wear and had to wash it before the final?
What a shame!