Vivian Chukwuemeka

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Vivian Chukwuemeka (born May 4, 1975) is a Nigerian shot putter and two-time Olympian. She won the gold medal in the shot put at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has won three consecutive titles at the All-Africa Games from 1999 to 2007. She was the African Champion in the event in 2002, 2006 and 2008. She also competes in discus throw and hammer throw, but not on world level.

Her personal best throw is 18.43 metres, achieved in April 2003 in Walnut. This is the African record.[1]

She competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the World Championships in 2003 and 2005 without reaching the finals. She won a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Social Work.

She received a two-year ban from athletics for a failed drug test at the 2009 Nigerian Championships. Chukwuemeka had an intense stand-off with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. Her "B" sample had several clerical errors, including inconsistencies in bottle numbers and the meeting at which the sample was taken, and she was refused permission to have a representative present at the second testing in South Africa. She accused Nigerian doping officers of corruption and sexual harassment, as well as accusing the federation president Solomon Ogba of coercing Amaka Ogoegbunam to implicate her in drug distribution. Her claims were dismissed by the appeals panel and her two-year ban from the IAAF remained.[2][3]

Chukwuemeka returned to competition in 2012 and failed a second drugs test - for the anabolic steroid stanozolol - shortly before the Olympic Games. Subsequently, she was given a lifetime ban from competition.[4][5]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Nigeria
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 14th Shot put 17.47 m
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, England 1st Shot put 17.53 m
9th Discus throw 53.44 m
African Championships Radès, Tunisia 1st Shot put
2nd Discus throw
World Cup Madrid, Spain 7th Shot put
2003 All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 1st Shot put
2nd Discus throw
3rd Hammer throw
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 2nd Shot put
9th Discus throw
African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 1st Shot put
2nd Discus throw
World Cup Athens, Greece 8th Shot put
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 1st Shot put 17.60 m
3rd Discus throw 52.52 m
4th Hammer throw 58.15 m
2008 African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st Shot put 17.50 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 24th (q) Shot put 17.15 m

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  1. ^ statistics - Area Outdoor Records - Women - Africa
  2. ^ What Vivian Chukwuemeka said. Nigeria Daily News. Retrieved on 2011-09-11.
  3. ^ IAAF Newsletter Edition 112. IAAF (2010-04-27). Retrieved on 2010-04-27.
  4. ^ Efe, Ben (2012-10-31). Doping latest: Chukwuemeka faces life ban. [Vanguard (Nigeria)]. Retrieved on 2014-07-15.
  5. ^ Athletes currently suspended from all competitions in athletics following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation as at: 26.06.14. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-07-15.

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