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Nwanneka Okwelogu
Nigerian female throws athlete

Nwanneka Okwelogu

Nwanneka Okwelogu
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Intro Nigerian female throws athlete
A.K.A. Nikki Okwelogu, Nwanneka Mariauchenna Okwelogu
Is Athlete Shot putter Discus thrower
From Nigeria United States of America
Field Sports
Gender female
Birth 5 May 1995, Lagos
Age 27 years
Star sign Taurus
Residence Fresno
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Nwanneka Mariauchenna "Nikki" Okwelogu (born 5 May 1995) is a Nigerian track and field athlete who competes in the shot put and discus throw events. She was the 2016 discus gold medalist at the African Championships in Athletics. Raised in the United States, she set Ivy League records in the throws while at Harvard University.


Born in Lagos, she grew up in Fresno, California and attended Clovis West High School. Having taken part in shot put and discus at school, she went on to attend Harvard University from 2013 and competed for their Harvard Crimson track team. In her first year there she broke the Ivy League record in the discus with a throw of 53.31 m (174 ft 103⁄4 in) and set a schoold record in the shot put at 16.05 m (52 ft 73⁄4 in). Her sister Nonny also became an Ivy League thrower, attending Princeton.

The 2014 season saw her first national success with a shot put win at the Nigerian Athletics Championships. She made her international debut that year. At the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics she competed in both the shot and discus and was a shot put finalist. Her first medal followed shortly after at the 2014 African Championships in Athletics, where she was narrowly fourth in the shot put but comfortably took the discus silver medal behind Chinwe Okoro. At nineteen years old, she was the youngest entrant in those competitions. She also competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games that summer, ending in ninth.

She improved her bests in the 2015 season, adding more than a meter to her shot put with a throw of 17.32 m (56 ft 93⁄4 in) and having a discus best of 53.31 m (174 ft 103⁄4 in). Her shot put best was an Ivy League record. She placed sixth at the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. The following year she reached her first collegiate podium with third place in the shot put at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships. She also was an NCAA Outdoor finalist, taking eighth.

Okwelogu established herself among Africa's best throwers at the 2016 African Championships in Athletics by taking the discus gold medal in a personal record of 56.75 m (186 ft 21⁄4 in), which helped Nigeria to a sweep of the medals alongside 2014 champion Okoro and Chioma Onyekwere. She also claimed the shot put silver medal behind Cameroon's Auriol Dongmo.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2014 World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 11th Shot put 14.77 m
6th (q) Discus throw 49.07 m
Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India 9th Shot put 15.13 m
African Championships Marrakech, Morocco 4th Shot put 15.14 m
2nd Discus throw 51.66 m
2016 African Championships Durban, South Africa 2nd Shot put 17.07 m
1st Discus throw 56.75 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 29th (q) Shot put 16.67 m

National titles

  • Nigerian Athletics Championships
    • Shot put: 2014

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