Nigeria made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1952 and has competed ever since, with the exception of 1976 where it participated in the African boycott. The nation sends a large delegation where typically over 50 athletes have competed at each Olympics since 1988. The most common sports the athletes compete in are athletics, boxing, football, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.

Nigeria won its first Olympic medal in 1964 and has won a total of 25 medals across 5 sports; 13 in athletics, 6 in boxing, 3 in football, 2 in weightlifting and 1 in taekwondo. The most successful athletes are track athletes Falilat Ogunkoya, Mary Onyali and Enefiok Udo-Obong whom all won two medals. Ogunkoya won bronze in the women’s 400m and silver in the women’s 4x400m relay at the 1996 Olympics. Mary Onyali won bronze in the women’s 4x100m relay in 1992 and bronze in the women’s 200m in 1996. Udo-Obong won both of his medals in the men’s 4c400m relay; a gold in 2000 and bronze in 2004.

Qualified Quotas


Men’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 100m Divine Oduduru
Raymond Ekevwo
Men’s 200m Divine Oduduru
Men’s 400m Emmanuel Bamidele
Men’s Shot Put Chukwuebuka Enekwechi

Women’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 100m Blessing Okagbare
Women’s 200m Blessing Okagbare
Women’s 100m Hurdles Tobi Amusan
Women’s Long Jump Ese Brume