Nigerian athletes have begun their campaign in various sporting events at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia with Team Nigeria’s Monica Uweh finished in the fifth position with a total lift of 154kg in the 48kg weight category.
Uweh snatched 66kg at the second attempt and failed at 67kg. For the Clean and Jerk, she posted 90kg. India’s Chanu Mirabai won the event with a total lift of 196kg – a new Commonwealth Games record. She undertook six lifts from which she created six Commonwealth Games records.
In the men’s 62kg event, 18-year-old Favour Agboro also finished in the fifth position with a total lift of 268kg. He snatched 112kg and in the Clean and Jerk, lifted 156kg. Malaysia’s Muhamad Bidin won the gold with a total lift of 288kg.
Nigeria’s Adeola Soyoye also crashed out of the Gold Coast Games, after losing to Thadius Katua of Papua New Guinea in the men’s boxing event, yesterday.
Fighting in the round of 32 in the men’s lightweight category (60kg), Soyoye lost on points with the final decision of 3-1 going to Katua.
Katua dominated round one 10-9, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9. Soyoye took round two with a score card of 9-10, 9-10, 10-9, 8-10 and 9-10. And in the third and final round, Katua edged it 9-10, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9 and 10-9.
However, Team Nigeria’s table tennis team gave Nigerians a bit relief as they qualified for the second round in the men’s team event with a 3-0 rout of Belize. Olajide Omotayo, and Bode Abiodun won their singles matches against Belize opponents respectively while the pair of Azzez Jamiu and Omotayo combined for a victory in the men doubles.
Omotayo beat Rohit Pagarani 11-4, 11-2, 11-2; Abiodun beat Devesh Hukmani 11-5, 11-3, 11-2; and the pair of Jamiu and Omotayo wrapped up the 3-0 win by beating Terry Su and Hukmani 11-6, 11-4, 11-5.