About Chioma Ajunwa

Ajunwa initially played football for the Nigerian women's team but then made a transition into athletics. Ajunwa performed notably as a track and field athlete at the African Games and African Championships between 1989 and 1991, before being banned from the sport for four years after failing a drug test in 1992. Following the completion of her drug-related ban from competition, Ajunwa went on to become the first African woman, as well as the first Nigerian, to win an Olympic gold medal in a track and field event - Ajunwa emerged victorious in the women's long jump event at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, with a jump of 7.12m (for her first attempt) during the final. The Nigerian athlete's profession whilst completing many of the aforementioned achievements was that of an officer with the Nigerian Police Force.