Ruth Usoro

Ruth Usoro is a Nigerian athlete who competes in the long jump and triple jump. She qualified for Tokyo 2020 Olympics with the 2nd best jump in the world for the season, but was not allowed to participate.

Ruth Usoro was born on October 8, 1997, in Nigeria. As a student at Texas Tech University, on 26 February 2021 Usoro jumped 6.82 m in the long jump to meet the qualifying standard for the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. It was the 2nd best jump in the world for the season at the time and the 3rd best on the Nigerian all-time list alongside Ese Brume.

On June 12, 2021, Ruth Usoro jumped 14.19 m to win the triple jump at the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon. She also won the NCAA indoor title in 2021. Her personal best triple jump of 14.50 in Texas met the qualifying standard for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the triple jump and placed her in the top 10 in the world for the year.

Despite arriving in Tokyo to compete at the Olympic Games, Ruth Usoro was ruled out when her name was included on a list of ten athletes from her country ineligible to participate due to non-compliance with out-of-competition drug testing requirements in the run-up to the Games. In a statement, The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) took responsibility for the failings and for not putting in place “appropriate measures to comply with rule 15 of the anti-doping rules of World Athletics”.

In her career, Ruth Usoro won several golds at 2021 Corky Classic, 2021 Texas Tech Open, 2020 New Mexico Collegiate Classic, 2019 David Noble Relays and etc.

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