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Nigeria Wins Silver in the Women's 4x100 Relay—for 2008.

Following the disqualification of the 2008 Russian team for Yulia Chermoshanskaya's doping, Nigeria's women get the silver medal.

The Nigerian women’s athletic squad was just awarded the Olympic silver medal for the 4x100 relay.


But hold on, it’s not what you think.

This medal is being awarded for the team's performance at the 2008 games in Beijing, for which they were originally awarded the bronze. Watch it here.

The reason for this bewildering event is that Russian sprinter Yulia Chermoshanskaya has only now tested positive for doping during that event and has been retroactively disqualified. Under rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the sport’s governing body, one person caught using performance enhancing drugs on a relay team means disqualification for the entire team.

With Russia out, the second place finishers in 2008, the Belgians, will be receiving the gold, the Nigerians the silver and Brazil the bronze. So, congratulations are in order for the 2008 team: Franca Idoko, Gloria Kemasuode, Halimat Ismaila,Oludamola Osayomi.

But in a sign of just how pervasive doping is in athletics, both Kemasuode and Osayomi have since 2008 been caught up in their own separate doping scandals with Kemasuode having been banned from competition from 2009 to 2011 and Osayomi having her medal stripped from her during the 2010 Commonwealth Games for tests suggesting she was using the stimulant methylhexanamine.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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