Two former University of Tulsa student-athletes will be participating at the 2016 Rio Olympics for their home countries, as the games officially began Friday night. Ben Uzoh is representing Nigeria as a member of that country’s Olympic basketball team, and six-time Tulsa All-American Chris O’Hare represents Great Britain in track & field.
The Nigerian Basketball team opens play in Group B action on Sunday, August 7, at 8:30 pm (ET) against Argentina. The Nigerian team will continue pool play against Lithuania on Tuesday, Aug. 9, Spain on Thursday, Aug. 11, Croatia on Saturday, Aug. 13 and the home country of Brazil on Monday, Aug. 15.
Chris O'Hare will compete in the 1,500-meter run at Olympic Stadium with the first day of competition not until Tuesday, August 16. If O’Hare advances, he would run in the 1,500m semifinals on Thursday, Aug 18. The final of the 1,500m is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20.
Although born in Houston, Texas, Uzoh’s parents are both Nigerian natives. In his four seasons (2006-10) at Tulsa, Uzoh started 140 of 141 games and ended his career among the school’s top-10 for points (1,951), assists (425), blocks (99), steals (162) and rebounds (705). A three-time all-Conference USA selection, Uzoh averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists his senior season.
O'Hare qualified for the Olympics by finishing with the second-best time in the 1,500-meter run at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham, England, in June. O'Hare ran the 1,500m with a time of 3:34.68, just .27 behind top-finisher Charlie Grice.
O'Hare, a native of West Linton, Scotland, attended Tulsa from 2009-13, and won the NCAA Championship in the mile run at the 2012 Indoor Championships. He claimed six All-America honors, including the 1,500m run at the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the mile run at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, and at 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships.