Tokyo 2020: Meet Abiola Ogunbanwo, first Nigerian woman to finish 100m freestyle in less than 60s

It took Abiola Ogunbanwo 59.74s to become the first Nigerian woman to finish 100m swimming freestyle under a minute, setting a new record on 28, July 2021.

She broke through Ngozi Monu’s record in a splash. Ngozi Monu’s 1.00.50 record was untouchable for about 15 years until now. 

The 17-year-old won Hear 1 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre and ranked the 50th best overall in the event.

Despite not reaching semi-finals, it appears the future is promising for her telling from her very first performance in the heat of the women’s 100m freestyle event finishing ahead of Andela Antunovic of Montenegro (1:00.01), Nepal’s Gaurika Singh (1:00.11), and Mineri Gomez of Guam (1:04.00).

Abiola Ogunbanwo holds a remarkable national record in 100m, 400m freestyle and 200m breaststroke.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.


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