Team Nigeria have maintained a very good standing in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with 13 medals so far by day 7 of the games.
Aside from the number of medals, the country’s representatives have set new game and world records in several sports including Goodness Nwachukwu’s Gold medal win in the Women’s Discus event. The GAPS athlete set a new world record with her 36.56m throw.
On Thursday, day 7 of the games, Team Nigeria added five medals and two World Records to their lineup.
Nnamdi Innocent won a bronze medal in the men’s lightweight powerlifting event. Fellow Nigerian, Thomas Kure, finished fourth in the same event.
Then, at the Alexander Stadium, Team Nigeria’s Nwachukwu Goodness was outstanding in the Discus event, breaking the world record twice.
The 23-year-old who represented Nigeria in the Women’s Discus Throw, broke her own previous world record of 33.35m, which she set in March 2022.
Another Nigerian, Folashade Oluwafemiayo, won gold for Nigeria in the women’s Heavyweight Powerlifting event, breaking her own World Record (WR). The Paralympic champion set a new world record of 155kg to win her first GOLD medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Similarly, Bose Omolayo also set a Commonwealth record with a lift of 145kg and clinched the Silver medal with a lift of 145kg, beating Australia’s Hani Watson, who won the Bronze medal with a lift of 127kg.
The men weren’t left behind as Ikechukwu Obichukwu won some Silver hardware in the men’s Heavyweight Powerlifting event with a lift of 190kg.
Earlier in the day, in the women’s 200m, Favour Ofili showed she was in good shape for a podium finish, posting the fastest time overall to win her heat in 22.71s.
Team Nigeria Medal Winners Table
|1.||Adijat Adenike Olarinoye||Weightlifting||Gold|
|3.||Edidiong Joseph Umoafia||Weightlifting||Bronze|
|5.||Chioma Onyekwere||Women’s Discus||Gold|
|6.||Obiageri Amaechi||Women’s Discus||Bronze|
|8.||Mary Taiwo Osijo||Weightlifting||Bronze|
|9.||Goodness Nwachukwu||Women’s Para Discus||Gold|
|10.||Folashade Oluwafemiayo||Para Powerlifting||Gold|
|11.||Bose Omolayo||Para Powerlifting||Silver|
|12.||Innocent Nnamdi||Para Powerlifting||Bronze|
|13.||Ikechukwu Obichukwu||Para Powerlifting||Silver|
Ifeanyi Ojeli, Udodi Onwuzuruike, and Alaba Akintola all qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 200m. Also, Blessing Oborududu will fight for Gold in the final of the Women’s 68KG Wrestling while Odunayo Adekuoroye will compete for Gold in the Women’s Freestyle 57KG Wrestling event.
Team Nigeria is now ranked eighth on the 2022 Commonwealth Medals Table, with a total of 13 medals; five gold, three silver, and five bronze medals.
Story: Makcit Rindap