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Commonwealth Games: Unknown Nigerian, Enekwechi Grabs Silver In Shotput

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi clinched the Silver medal at the men’s shotput event final at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia, after breaking his personal best record to attain a feat of 21.14metres shotput throw on Monday.

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The American born Nigerian athlete qualified for the final after a 20.66metres shotput throw at the qualifying round on Sunday, 8 April.

The 25-year old Nigerian came second at his maiden Commonwealth Games appearance behind New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh who won Gold at 21.41m and Canada’s Tim Nedow got the Bronze at 20.91m.

Both Eze Kalu and Eneckwechi represented Nigeria at the men’s shotput event, the later didn’t make it pass the qualifying round after failing to make the minimum 19m throw requirement.

The Nigerian silver medalist competed for Purdue University at 2016 NCAA Championship in Oregon, coming second at 20.37m. The Nigerian athlete is famous in the shotput event in the United States, after winning 2 city championships in high school, growing to become a formidable opponent at the track and field event.

Enekwechi’s victory became Nigeria’s second medal at the 2018 Commonwealth games in Gold Coast Australia after the Segun Toriola’s led table tennis team won Silver medal behind India few minutes before the shotput final.


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