Nigeria turned 61 on Friday, October 1, 2021. The country has made giant strides in the sports sector. Just as a person would take stock after getting a year older, we look at some of Nigeria's major achievements in sports since it gained independence
Nigeria's Dick Tiger set the pace for the Nigeria's numerous achievements in sports when he beat Wilf Greaves in November 1960 to win the Middleweight Championship of the British Empire. The Nigerian further became the WBC and WBA title holder
Nigeria qualified for the football event of the Olympics in 1968 and Isaac Ikhouria won bronze in boxing at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich
Nigeria's men's Olympic team became the first African side to win the football event at the Olympics in 1996 when they beat Argentina to win gold in Atlanta
Shooting Stars, Rangers and Enyimba have also won titles on the continent. Shooting Stars beat Cameroon's Tonerre Kalara to win the African Winners Cup while Rangers won same trophy in 1977. Enyimba lifted the CAF Champions League in 2003 and 2004. BCC Lions of beat Club Afraine of Tunisia to win Cup Winners Cup in 1990
Nigeria's Golden Eaglets have won the U-17 World Cup 5 times. The first one being in 1980 and the last in 2015
Nigeria's Super Falcons have won the African Women's Cup of Nations 9 times and have also been at every FIFA Women's World Cup since 1991
Nigeria's Samuel Peters beat Oleg Maskaev in 2008 to become the WBC Champion
Nigeria's D'Tigress have won the women's Afrobasket three times consecutively while the D'Tigres also won it for the first time in 2015
Nigeria's mixed relax team also became the first side to win the 4×400 mixed relay at the World U-20 Athletics Championships.
At the Olympics and Paralympics, Nigeria set and broke records in the events. Nigeria has won many medals at the Olympics. Some of the most notable of them being the 1996 Atlanta Gold medal by the Dream Team and Chioma Ajunwa's leap which brought gold to Nigeria.
At the Paralympics, the country has also done well for themselves. The Paralympians have won 70 medals and have broken and set world records in the process. The country won 10 medals at the last Paralympic Games in Tokyo
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