Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike has revealed that her first son was about seven months when she won four gold medals for Nigeria in table tennis.
Oshonaike who disclosed this in a recent interview with Tokyo 2020 Olympics media titled “How Olufunke Oshonaike Turned Her Breaking Point Into Breakthrough” said:
“After I gave birth I started playing immediately. I still won medals for my country.
“At the 2003 All African Games in Abuja, my first boy was just six, seven months and I won four gold medals. That was my best Games, I can never forget that.”
Three years later Oshonaike kept playing in the German league until she was six months pregnant.
She also competed at the 2006 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Bremen, Germany.
Her second boy was born also in January. She went to Algiers [2007 All African Games] when he was like six months old and again won medals.
“I used to travel with my boys to events. I remember training and they are crying. Or going to a competition and giving my kids to my coach.” Oshonaike said.
The 44-year-old recently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, becoming the first woman in Africa to qualify for seven Olympics.
She is Africa’s most decorated female table tennis player and made her debut at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.