RIO DE JANEIRO – Former Tulane All-American Gloria Asumnu, competing for Nigeria, did not advance out of the opening round of the women’s 100 meters on the opening night of track and field competition at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.
Asumnu, a four-time All-American for the Green Wave from 2004-08 and a 2014 inductee into the university’s athletic hall of fame, finished fifth in her heat with a time of 11.55 seconds Friday. The top two finishers in each of the eight heats, plus the next eight fastest times, moved on to Saturday’s semifinals.
Asumnu, 31, fell .17 seconds short of advancing on time. She has one more chance to earn an Olympic medal when she joins her Nigerian teammates in the 4×100-meter relay beginning Thursday.
A regular in international competition, Asumnu is competing in her second Olympics for Nigeria. She was a semifinalist in the 100 and part of a 4×100 relay team that finished fourth in 2012 in London.
Asumnu was one of the most decorated track athletes – male or female – in Tulane history, setting five school records and earning Tulane’s female student-athlete of the year award in 2007 and the Conference USA women’s athlete of the year honor in 2008.