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Commonwealth Games: Nigeria’s gold medal haul rises to seven

On Saturday morning, Team Nigeria increased their gold medal as five athletes got to the podium, finishing top.

• August 6, 2022
Team Nigeria at Commonwealth Games
Team Nigeria at Commonwealth Games

On Saturday morning, Team Nigeria increased their gold medal as five athletes got to the podium, finishing top.

At the end of day eight of the Commonwealth Games, Team Nigeria had amassed seven gold, three silver and six bronze medals, earning 16 medals.

Nigeria’s ace wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye, defended her women’s freestyle 57kg 2018 Commonwealth in Gold Coast Australia crown with a 6-4 final win over Anshu Malik of India.

Adekuoroye, the reigning African champion en route to the finals, had defeated Canadian Hannah Taylor in the semi-finals in a swashbuckling 10-0 victory.

Also, her compatriot, Blessing Oborodudu of Women’s 68kg wrestling, landed another gold medal after she defeated Linda Morais in the finals. Oborududu is now a two-time Commonwealth Games champion with Folashade Lawal, who also won gold in women’s 59kg in wrestling alongside Esther Kolawole, who won bronze in women’s freestyle 62kg.

In weightlifting, Adijat Olarinoye won gold in women’s 55kg; Folashade Lawal, gold in women’s 59kg; and Taiwo Laidi won silver in women’s 76kg. Joseph Umaofia won bronze in men’s 67kg. Islamiyat Yusuf had a podium finish as a bronze medalist in women’s 64kg. Mary Taiwo Osijo won bronze in women’s 87kg.

In athletics, Chioma Onyekwere and Goodness Nwachukwu won gold in the women’s discus throw. Obiageri Amaechi won bronze in another women’s throw.

In powerlifting, Folashade Oluwafemiayo won gold in women’s heavyweight while Bose Omolayo won silver in women’s heavyweight. Ikechukwu Obichukwu won silver in men’s heavyweight, and Innocent Nnamdi also won bronze in men’s lightweight.

Also, table tennis sensation Aruna Quadri has qualified for the quarterfinals with a win over Gavin Rumgay of Scotland, 4-0 for the men’s singles table tennis. 

(NAN)

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