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Olympics: Nigeria’s Bello Clinches third in Women’s Canoe heat to reach quarter-final

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Nigeria’s Ayomide Bello finished third in the Heat 3 of the Women’s Canoe Single 200m.

However, she missed out on an automatic semi-finals spot.

She qualifies for the quarter-finals with a time of 47.539.

In 2019 while competing in Bhopal India, Ayomide Bello made history becoming the first Nigerian to win a GOLD medal at an International Sailing championships.

She then secured qualification for #Tokyo2020 winning the C1 200m event at the African Olympic qualifiers in Morocco.

Bello’s journey to the top has been bumpy. She dropped out of Wesley Girls Secondary School Yaba, after the death of her father and started fishing with her mother to support the family.

She was also a hairdresser, hopefully being an Olympian now will change all that.

Bello, who hails from Arogbo town in Ondo State, is one of the first home-based Nigerian athletes to qualify for Canoeing and Rowing events at the Olympics.

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