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Oke finishes 7th in men's triple jump final

10 August 2012, 14:32

London - Nigeria's Tosin Oke finished seventh in the final of the men's triple jump at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Thursday.

Oke had jumped 16.83 metres in the qualifying round of Group A on Tuesday for a fifth and final place.

But he improved on that when he returned to the Olympic Stadium 48 hours later, jumping 16.95 metres to place seventh overall.

It was an improvement for the Nigerian, whose qualifying round jump had placed him in ninth place earlier to dampen hopes of his winning a medal from the event.

It was, indeed, an inspiring performance from the athlete as he failed in his first jump and later failed the fourth, fifth and sixth jumps.

But he had recorded a 16.91 in his second and then a 16.95 in the third with the third jump sufficient to give him seventh place at the 12-athlete jump pit.

``I gave it all my best but there are times things may not go the way you want. But I tried and I will strive to improve on my performances,’’ Oke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the competition.

NAN reports that his loss meant Nigeria would now only be seeking an athletics medal from the women's relays.



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