Living room cup: Oparanozie sees off S/African stars in get-ups task

Super Falcons forward Desire Opranozie saw off South African pair Thembi Kgatlana and Janine Van Wyk in the ‘plank get-ups’ challenge in the Living Room Cup.

Top women’s football stars across the world have been engaging in a series of contests to stay fit during their self-isolation and top African athletes are not left out.

Despite restrictions easing around the world, major leagues are still suspended amid the pandemic, which has now affected more than 3, 690,616 people and killed over 255,176, as per the latest statistics on Tuesday.

The Living Room Cup, which was launched in early April, is one of the biggest social media challenges set up by kit manufacturing company Nike to engage athletes.

In the opening week, South Africa’s Caster Semenya earned 176 reps to surpass Cristiano Ronaldo’s 142, along with Nigeria duo of Asisat Oshoala and Desire Oparanozie and compatriot Janine Van Wyk in a 45-second ab challenge.

For the third week, it was Nigeria striker Uchenna Kanu who stole the show as she hit 119 reps in the side steps challenge to beat initiator and Manchester City star Leroy Sane’s 100 points in 45 seconds, along with Oshoala and Onome Ebi.

Again, Semenya garnered 178 reps in 45 seconds to overshadow her African rivals, including Van Wyk and Oparanozie, as well as Rita Chikwelu in the blockbusters challenge.

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The Living Room Cup entered its fifth week and Rory Mcilroy launched the plank gets-up challenge, where you start in a push-up position with your hands under the shoulders and the legs stretched out directly behind.

The world number one golfer from Northern Ireland managed 21 reps in 45 seconds – a feat Oparanozie eclipsed as she hit 34 reps, while Van Wyk and Kgatlana got 31 and 26, respectively.

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