By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria’s Simidele Adeagbo made history on Friday by becoming the first-ever female African to compete in the Skeleton event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Skeleton is a winter sliding sport in which a person rides a small sled, known as a skeleton bobsled (or -sleigh), down a frozen track while lying face down and going at speeds of up to 130 kilometres per hour.
The 36-year-old Adeagbo finished 20th out of 20 athletes in the standings after heats one and two on Friday with a personal best time of 54:19 in her race.
She took to her Instagram page to express her delight on her debut performance.
“Awesome Olympic debut. Third fastest push time of the day (5:06 seconds) and personal best down time (54:19 seconds).
“Can’t wait to compete in heat three and four on Saturday,” Adeagbo wrote beneath a video she posted on Instagram on Friday.