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Snoop Dogg Accidentally Made Everyone Think This Rower Won A Silver Medal

Chierika Ukogu of Nigeria actually placed 20th, but still has an awesome Olympics story.

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The post has since earned more than 97,000 likes.

Instagram: @snoopdogg

Turns out, Ukogu didn’t come in second; she came in 20th. She tweeted her result on Aug. 13, too. 😰

finished 20th overall at the Olympic Games with a time of 7:44, 10 seconds faster than my PR from quarterfinals! #blessed #NGR #rowing

To be fair, Snoop’s mistake was understandable. Ukogu competed in one of six finals for the rowing competition. In her group, Final D, she did come in second, but after compiling the race times across all of the final groups, she came out ranked 20th.

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*BUT* the Olympic rower still has an impressive story of how she got to the Games. Ukogu, who was born to Nigerian parents and raised in Philadelphia, raised money to row in Rio through a GoFundMe campaign.

“I am not receiving any financial support from the Nigerian Rowing Federation, so my dream relies on your generousity!” she wrote on her fundraising page. She added that the $15,000 she requested would go toward travel and entry costs to the Olympics, uniforms, and boats.

The Stanford graduate put her medical school aspirations on hold to compete in the Olympics. Now that she’s finished, though, it’s back to the grind.

from rio to med school #thatwasfast #backonthegrind


Tamerra Griffin is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based Nairobi, Kenya.

Contact Tamerra Griffin at tamerra.griffin@buzzfeed.com.

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