Uche Eke failed on Saturday to advance to the All-Around final from subdivision 2 of the artistic gymnastics event at the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The 23-year-old, who was making his Olympic Games debut, scored a total of 74.765 points to place 36th at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
This was after six routines —- floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar —- by the group of 66 performers where four of them failed to finish.
In this men’s qualification round, Eke scored 13.433 in vault, 12.233 in parallel bars, 11.500 in horizontal bar, 12.833 in floor exercise, 12.866 in pommel horse and 11.900 in rings.
With 24 of them needed to qualify for the final, Eke’s performance could not help him, even with qualification extending to the 30th-placed Omar Mohamed of Egypt who scored 78.866 points.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mohamed was successful because a maximum of two qualifiers were allowed per national Olympic committee (NOC).
Six of the gymnasts already had two of their teammates qualifying for the final, and therefore had to drop out.
Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto led the qualifiers with a total score of 88.531 points.
NAN reports that artistic gymnastics is one of three disciplines in the gymnastics sport, with trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics being the others.
The six routines are all medal events and their finals will hold next week.