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OLYMPICS: Ogunbanwo sets national record, fails to make semi-finals

Habibat Abiola Ogunbanwo wins her 100m freestyle heat but did not qualify for semi-finals

Habibat Abiola Ogunbanwo: becomes first Nigerian woman to finish 100m freestyle in under a minute

Habibat Abiola Ogunbanwo: becomes first Nigerian woman to finish 100m freestyle in under a minute
Habibat Abiola Ogunbanwo: becomes first Nigerian woman to finish 100m freestyle in under a minute

By Nimot Sulaimon

Nigeria’s Habibat Abiola Ogunbanwo won the first heat of the Olympics women’s 100m Freestyle on Wednesday.

But she didn’t make the semi-finals.

The 17 year-old based in Australia smashed a 14-year-old national swimming record, finishing strongly and swimming to a new Personal Best of 59.74 seconds.

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But her timing was not good enough for the medal zone, as she did not make the 16 picked for semi-finals.

However, Habibat now holds two Nigerian Swimming Records- 2:13.17 in the 200m Freestyle.

Today, she took down Ngozi Monu’s 14-year-old Record of 1:00.50.