CWG Day 9 Review: Nigeria bags 14 medals, edges closer to equalling best Games record
Nigeria on Saturday climbed up to the sixth place on the medals table at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and looks set to match the record of gold medals won by their predecessors at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada.
Team Nigeria in 1994, won 11 gold medals, which none of the country’s teams afterwards have been able to match ever since.
Now 28 years later, a new generation of athletes are looking to make their nation proud and are as close to equalling the record as setting a new record should they make it 12 gold wins.
As at the end of Day 8 at the Games on Friday, Nigeria trailed South Africa in eighth position, having amassed a total of nine gold, eight silver and 13 bronze medals, for a total of 30 medals on Day 9 of the Commonwealth Games.
Njideka Iyiazi and Ugochi Alarm won gold and bronze respectively for Team Nigeria in the Women’s F56/57 Para Shot Put event.
Iyiazi won gold with a record throw of 10.03m, while Ugochi won bronze with a throw of 9.38m.
Two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Ebikewenimo Welson, picked up the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 57kg wrestling event after losing to India’s Kumar Ravi in the final.
Ogbonna John then nicked a bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 74kg. He defeated Charlie Bowling of England in the bronze medal game.
Iyiazi wins gold, sets new Games record
Cynthia Ogunsemilore and Faith Obazuaye won bronze medals each in boxing and para table tennis.
Obazuaye defeated Felicity Pickard of England 3-1 to win bronze in the Women’s Para Table Tennis event while Cynthia Ogunsemilore settled for bronze after a 5-0 semi-final loss to Any Broadhurst of Northern Ireland.
Hannah Reuben also won silver in the women’s wrestling 76kg category.
Isau Ogunkunle also defeated Raj Alagar 3-0 to win another bronze for Nigeria in the men’s singles classes 3-5 Para Table event.
In Boxing,Onyekwere Innocent won bronze in Super heavy weight 92+kg category while Esther Oshoba progressed to the final of the women’s over 54kg-57kg featherweight after a win over Tina Rahimi of Australia. Oshoba claimed a 4-1 victory by split decision in the semi-final bout.
Meanwhile, Team Nigeria has already qualified for five final day events and could end the competition with a lot more than the previous record, should they stay on course. Again, women lead in qualifications for the final day.
World champion, Tobi Amusan, has been handed a chance to start the day with gold for Nigeria in the final of the Women’s 100m Hurdles on Sunday (today).
World Athletics Championships silver medallist, Ese Brume, and Ruth Usoro have also qualified for the Women’s Long Jump final, while Chinecherem Nnamdi will also be in action in the Men’s Javelin final.
Elizabeth Oshoba is also in competition for gold, facing Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh in the final bout of the Women’s Featherweight (54kg-57kg) boxing competition.
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