Former Cardinal Chinwe Okoro Named to Nigerian Olympic Team

Former Cardinal Chinwe Okoro Named to Nigerian Olympic Team

Kim Pemberton, University of Louisville Athletics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On Tuesday, Team Nigeria released the list of athletes that will represent them at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Former Cardinal standout Chinwe Okoro was named to the team to compete in the discus.

The track and field portion of the games will take place August 12-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

At the 2014 African Athletics Championship Okoro took gold in the discus by throwing a Nigerian national record of 59.79m. In April, Okoro threw a personal best of 61.58m in Athens, Ohio.

Okoro put together an illustrious career at U of L from 2007-11. A three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honoree, Okoro became one of the first female athletes to win a national title at the USA Junior Championships, when she won the shot put title as a freshman in 2007-08. Her most successful season came in 2010-11, when Okoro was named an All-American for the outdoor season of her senior campaign.