Day eight of the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia has seen Team Nigeria extend to 18 the overall medal tally after Tobi Amusan struck gold in the women’s 100m hurdles, clocking 12.68 Seconds. This increased Nigeria’s medal haul to eight gold, five silver and five bronze medals. Nigeria is now 8th on the medal standing.
It was a historic moment for Nigeria as Amusan’s feat makes her the first ever Nigerian athlete to win a gold medal in the event. Also, her winning time is just 0.03s off the Games Record (GR) of 12.65s set by Jamaica’s Brigitte Foster-Hylton at the 2006 edition of the Games in Melbourne.
It was a dream come true for the 2015 African Games Champion who finished 5th at the 2016 World Juniors in Poland, got to the semis of the 2017 World Championships in London, and finished 7th in the 60m Hurdles at last month’s World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
Team Nigeria also dominated women’s freestyle wrestling action as Odunayo Adekuoroye and Blessing Oborududu won their respective events.
Adekuoroye was the first to secure a gold medal after beating India’s Pooja Dhanda 7-5 in the 57 kilograms final. She becomes the first Nigerian wrestler to win two Commonwealth Games gold medals having also triumphed in the 53kg event at Glasgow 2014.
Trailing 6-1 after the first period, Dhanda made a late push for victory in the second but ultimately had to settle for silver.
“My coach encouraged me before the match to really believe in myself and love what I do. I made a mistake in the second round, but recovered quickly,” Adekuoroye, a two-time world medalist, said.
Oborududu’s triumph in the 68kg category was sealed after she came from behind to beat Canada’s Danielle Lappage, the 63kg gold medalist at Glasgow 2014.
With just 13 seconds left on the clock, Oborududu scored two points to move into a 4-3 lead before seeing out the contest.
“I was under pressure,” she said. “I knew in the last three minutes I had to open up and go in.
“I was still confident and not feeling the tension that I was losing. I was confident I could win the gold medal.”
Suwaibidu Galadima also claims athletics gold in the men’s T47 100m to swelled Nigeria’s medal tally at the Gold Coast Games. T47 is a disability sports classification for athletes with disability primarily for competitors with a wrist or below amputation.
Galadima recorded a time of 11.04 seconds to win the final, yesterday.
James Arnott from England won silver with a time of 11.30 seconds while Jamaica’s Tevaughan came third to win bronze with a time of 11.63 seconds.
Earlier on Friday, Amas Daniel won bronze coming from 4-0 down to equal it at 4-4 against South Africa’s Terry Van Rensburg, winning bronze in men’s freestyle 65kg.
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