The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia has come and gone with exciting memories left to savour.
The quadrennial sporting showpiece open only to countries and territories formerly under British rule had 71 countries attending.
The eleven-day event witnessed a total of 6,600 athletes competing for medals in nineteen sporting events.
Nigeria was represented by a compact team made of a 135-man contingent competing in ten events. namely: athletics, basketball, wrestling, weightlifting, boxing, table tennis, gymnastics, para table tennis, para-athletics, para- powerlifting.
Hotsportstv.com now reviews Team Nigeria’s overall performance in the following sporting events.
The queen of track and field, Blessing Okagbare was the country’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the recently concluded Commonwealth Games.
Team Nigeria won a total of 24 medals, 9 Gold, 9 silver and 6 Bronze to finish 9th on the medal table, after eleven days of the competition.
Roland Ezuruike in Powerlifting men’s lightweight , Ezuruike was the first Nigerian to claim a gold medal at this year’s edition with a lift of 224.3kg, in the men’s lightweight final.
Esther Oyema also won gold in powerlifting women’s lightweight. Oyema who competed in the 48.10kg category , outclassed the rest of the field to win Nigeria’s second gold at the 2018 Games after securing a world record lift of 131kg on her second attempt, having failed to lift the weight the first time. She had also successfully lifted 125kg in her first attempt of the day, and amassed a total of 141.6 points.
Ndidi Nwosu won gold in the women’s heavyweight powerlifting. Nwosu emerged tops with a lift of 110.4kg to finish ahead of Louis Sudgen of England (89.2kg) and Joyce Njuguna of Kenya (89.0kg).
Abdulazeez Ibrahim won gold in men’s heavyweight, powerlifting. He amassed 191.9 points. With a body weight of 93.1kg, the Nigerian moved straight into first place as he lifted 210kg in his first attempt. Ibrahim however failed to lift 221kg in his third attempt but nonetheless won the gold with a haul of 191.9kg, which was considered enough by the judges to earn him the ultimate prize.
Tobiloba Amusan also clinched gold in women’s 100m hurdles. Amusan clocked a season’s best of 12.68 secs to win her first gold in the women’s 100m hurdles final to clinch gold, becoming the first Nigerian sprints hurdles champion in the Commonwealth Games history. With a lifetime best of 12.57 secs. The 20-year-old was one of the top favorites to finish in a medal position before the start of the qualifying round.
Suwaibidu Galadima won gold in men’s 100m T47. Galadima dominated from start to finish, emerging winner in 11.04s to finish ahead of England’s James Arnott (11.30s) and Tevaughn Thomas of Jamaica who returned a time of 11.63s.
Odunayo Adekuoroye won gold in women’s 57kg wrestling, thereby, defending her 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal,in Glasgow. She defeated India’s Pooja Dhanda 7-5 points in the women’s 57kg wrestling freestyle event to win gold for Nigeria. Adekuoroye has become the first Nigerian female wrestler to win a gold medal consecutively at the Commonwealth Games.
Blessing Oborududu won gold in women’s 68kg wrestling. The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, Oborududu picked up gold for Team Nigeria in her event. Oborududu, came from behind to defeat Canada’s Danielle Lappage in the women’s 68kg wrestling freestyle event on points (4-3).
Aminat Adeniyi won gold in women’s 62kg wrestling. She won the 9th gold for Team Nigeria after she got the better of Michelle Fazzari of Canada in the final of the women’s 62kg freestyle at the games.
Chukwu Enekwechi won silver in the men’s shot put event. The US based Nigerian bagged a silver medal in the event with a personal best of 21.14m, while New Zealander, Tomas Walsh got the gold with a Games record of 21.41m while Canadian Tim Nedow settled for bronze with 20.91m.
Segun Toriola led Nigeria to win a silver in the men’s table tennis team event. The team was represented by Segun Toriola (captain), Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo.
Paul Kehinde won silver in men’s lightweight powerlifting category, lifting 219.9kg, while Ali Jawad lifted 182.7kg to win the bronze medal for England.
Lucy Ejike won silver in women’s lightweight powerlifting category, Ejike claimed the silver medal with a lift of 134.1kg in her first attempt. She failed in her second and third attempts to lift the 139kg as she settled for silver and Zoe Newson from England took the bronze medal with a lift of 106.1.
Blessing Onyebuchi won silver in women’s 76kg wrestling. Onyebuchi came second in the women’s freestyle 76 kg after a defeat by Canada’s Erica Wiebe.
Patience Okon-George, Glory Nathaniel, Praise Idamadudu and Yinka Ajayi all won silver medals in the women’s 4x400m relay to breast the tape in 3:25.29 to finish 2nd, as Jamaica retained the 2014 Glasglow title to win gold with a time of 3:24.00.
Faith Obazuroye won silver in women’s table tennis. The para-athlete had made a clean schedule at the beginning of the tennis event before losing 3-1 to Australia’s Melissa Tapper at the women’s para-table tennis final.
Melvin Bibo won silver in the men’s 86kg wrestling event. Bibo had lost lost to Pakistan’s Muhammad Inam who won by 3-0 classification points (victory by points) to finish as second best, while Miesinnei Genesis clinched a bronze medal after she defeated Australia’s Rupinder Kaur 10-0 (victory by technical superiority) in the women’s wrestling 50kg.
Quadri Aruna won silver in the men’s single table tennis event. Quadri came second to win the silver medal after losing to Singapore’s Nina Gao in the gold event. He recorded a 4-2 (7-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 5-11) to lose to his Asian opponent.
Bose Samuel won bronze in the women’s 53kg wrestling event. She defeated India’s Deepika Dilhani claim the bronze in freestyle (53kg).
Ebikewenimo Welson defeated South Africa’s Jan Combrinck to win bronze in the men’s freestyle 57 kg wrestling event.
Amas Daniel won bronze in men’s 65kg wrestling event, DanieL overcame Vincent De Marinis in their bronze medal match. Despite both wrestlers tying at 4-4, Daniel was awarded the bout on technical rules.
Blessing Okagbare, Oluwatobiloba Amusan, Isoken Igbinosun and Rosemary Chukwuma ran a third place in a time of 42.75 seconds, to win bronze for Nigera while Jamaica, bridged the gap to win the silver medal in 42.52s.
Yetunde Odunuga won bronze in the women’s 60kg boxing event. Odunuga won by defeating Canada’s Caroline Veyre in their quarter-final encounter. She lost out to Paige Murney of England in their semifinal clash and still managed to win bronze.
Mili Agboegbulem won a bronze medal in the 75kg boxing event after she defeated Kenya’s Elizabeth Andiego in the quarter-finals. She lost to Australia’s Caitlin Parker in their semi-final clash.
The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games was a step down for Nigeria, having finished 8th at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, with 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze, making a total of 36 medals.
South Africa was the highest placed in Africa. They finished sixth on the medals table with 13 gold, 11 silver, and 13 bronze, Kenya came 14th with four gold, seven silver and six bronze, Uganda placed 15th with three gold, one silver, two bronze, Bostwana took the 16th position with three gold, one silver, one bronze, Namibia placed 19th with two gold.
Cameroon with one silver and two bronze finished 32nd on the medas list. Mauritius placed 34th with one silver while Ghana, Seychelles placed 39th with one bronze.
The host country Australia was the overall winner of the Commonwealth 2018 Games with 80 gold, 59 silver, and 59 bronze to take their medals haul to198.
Followed by England with 45gold, 45 silver, 46 bronze to make a total of 136, while India came third, with 26 gold, 20 silver, 20 bronze to make a total of 66 medals. Canada was fourth on the list with a total of 82 medals (15 gold, 40 silver, 27 bronze)
The next edition of the Commonwealth Games will hold 2022 in Birmingham, England.