Usoro has spot on Texas Tech-tinged Nigerian Olympic group

Ruth Usoro, a two-time NCAA champion this year for Texas Tech, will be on the Nigerian Olympic team for this summer's games in Tokyo, Tech coach Wes Kittley said Monday. Usoro is ranked in the top 10 in the world this year in the triple jump and also likely will compete in the long jump. She has the Olympic-qualifying standard in both events.

Ruth Usoro was the undisputed best women’s triple jumper this year in U.S. college competition, sweeping the NCAA championships in that event indoor and outdoor. Now she will get to see how she stacks up against the best in the world.

Usoro will be on the Nigerian Olympic team, Texas Tech coach Wes Kittley said Monday. Usoro’s home country officials didn’t make her compete in the triple jump at the National Athletics Olympic Trials that started Thursday after she had two days of travel delays getting to Lagos.

“They made her come home to show fitness,” Kittley said. “They didn’t make her triple jump, because of two days being stranded in Dallas. ‘Just show us fitness in front of the crowd, and that’s all we needed.’ 

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