WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue track & field alumnus Chukwuebuka Enekwechi qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the shot put at the Nigerian Olympic Trials on Saturday morning in Lagos, Nigeria.
Enekwechi won the shot put with a season-best throw of 21.47 meters at the Yabatech Sports Center. He is the first current or former Purdue track & field athlete to officially punch their ticket to the Olympic Games.
Currently a volunteer assistant coach with the Boilermakers, Enekwechi was a 12-time All-American, five-time NCAA medalist and four-time Big Ten champion at Purdue. He owns four school records, including the shot put at 20.37m. While representing Nigeria, Enekwechi has competed at four World Championships and won the 2016 Nigerian national championship in the shot put.
Later today, freshman Marcellus Moore will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100-meters in Eugene, Oregon. The first round is set for 8:34 p.m. ET, on NBCSN. The top three finishers in each heat and the next four-fastest finishers will advance to the semifinals at Hayward Field. The semifinals and final in the event will be held tomorrow, with the semis at 9:19 p.m. ET, and the final at 10:52 p.m. Saturday’s first round will be broadcast on NBCSN and Sunday’s action will air on NBC.
Enekwechi and Moore are two of seven current and former Purdue track & field athletes that are competing at their respective country’s Olympic Trials from June 19-28. Moore and alumna Kara Winger will compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, while senior Samson Colebrooke, junior Tamar Greene and Purdue alums Devynne Charlton and Kinard Rolle will participate in the Bahamas Olympic Trials.
Details on how to follow along as each Boilermaker competes for a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games can be found at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.
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