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Smart Akraka

Full name: Smart Ekiyegha-Akraka
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: April 13, 1934 in Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Died: June 8, 2016 in ?, Bayelsa, Nigeria
Country: NGR Nigeria
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Father of Maria Akraka; Father-in-law of Tord Henriksson.


Smart Akraka was a Nigerian sprinter who ran the 4x100 relay for Nigeria at the 1960 Roma Olympics. He ran both short sprints and the sprint relay at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, winning a silver medal in the relay, but was eliminated in the quarter-finals of both sprints. Akraka became President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria from 1993-96. His daughter, Maria Akraka, was a top middle-distance runner in Sweden, setting national records there in the 800 and 1,500 metres, both indoors and outdoors.

Personal Best: 100 – 10.4 (1961).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Nigeria NGR AC h1 r2/3

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Nigeria NGR Semi-Finals Heat One AC DQ [40.2] [40.33]
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Nigeria NGR Round One Heat Two 2 QU 40.1 40.25
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