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Title: CHIOMA AJUNWA: Nigeria Olympic Gold Medalist
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. Chioma Ajunwa (born December 25, 1970) is a former athlete from the town of Ogbe, Ahiara in Ahiazu-Mbaise Local Government Area of ...


. Chioma Ajunwa (born December 25, 1970) is a former athlete from the town of Ogbe, Ahiara in Ahiazu-Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State in Nigeria[1]. Ajunwa initially played football for the Nigerian women's team[2] but then made a transition into athletics. Ajunwa performed notably as a track and field athlete at the African Games and African Championships between 1989 and 1991, before being banned from the sport for four years after failing a drug test in 1992[3].
Following the completion of her drug-related ban from competition, Ajunwa went on to become the first West African woman, as well as the first Nigerian, to win an Olympic gold medal in a track and field event. Ajunwa emerged victorious in the women's long jump event at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, with a jump length of 7.12m (for her first attempt) during the final.[4] The Nigerian athlete's profession whilst completing many of the aforementioned achievements was that of an officer with the Nigerian Police Force


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