By OKECHUKWU PEACE
Nigerian hope of snagging medals in boxing and female track and field has been dashed following the crashing out of Common Wealth 100m champion, Blessing Okagbare and boxing champion, Efe Ajgba.
Ajagba lost by unanimous decision of 28-29, 28-29, 28-29 to Dychko who won bronze at the London 2012 Olympics.
The Nigerian pugilist had a bright chance of progressing to the semi-finals after he out-punched his Trinidad and Tobago’s opponent Nigel Paul, through a knockout in the run-up to his quarterfinals fight.
Ajagba who is the sole boxer representing Nigeria in Rio, lost all three rounds to Dychko as he failed to throw good punches in the last two rounds.
The Nigerian boxer won gold at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo, Brazzaville and a bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Similarly, Blessing Okagbare also crashed out of the women’s 200m final after finishing 5th in Heat 1 of the semifinals in 22.69secs.
She competed with Holland’s Dafne Schippers, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith and Germany’s Lisa Mayer.