Team Nigeria continued to improve their standings on the medal table at the 2022 Commonwealth Games Day 7 events after a successful day at the Games.
The day started for Team Nigeria with the 200m events where Favour Ofili won her heat with a time of 22.71s to qualify for the semifinals. In the men’s 200m, Emmanuel Ojeli and Udodi Onwuzuruike both qualified for the semifinals with times of 21.12s and 21.18s respectively. After receiving clearance to compete, Alaba Akintola made a late appearance and booked his place in the semifinals with a time of 21.28s in his heat.
In the women’s Hammer throw, Sade Olatoye proved once again why she is the reigning African champion as she qualified for the final. Olatoye launched her projectile to a distance of 61.74m, which put her in 9th place in the qualification rounds and sent her to the final of the event.
In the women’s high jump, the duo of Esther Isa and Temitope Adeshina qualified for the finals after they both cleared the 1.81m mark in their semifinals. They will join 10 others to compete for the medals in the final.
In the men’s Super heavyweight boxing, Ifeanyi Onyekwere received assurances of a medal after he defeated Canada’s Marcel Mouafo-Feujo 5-0 on points to qualify for the semifinals of the event. In the women’s featherweight category, Elizabeth Oshoba also secured a medal after she defeated Tiana Guy of Trinidad and Tobago 3-2 by points to reach the semifinals. In the lightweight category, too, Cynthia Ogunsemilore defeated Botswana’s Aratwa Kasemang to qualify for the semifinals of the event and secure a medal.
Team Nigeria picked up its first medal in the men’s lightweight Powerlifting event as Innocent Nnamdi lifted a weight of 190kg to claim a bronze medal in the event. In the men’s heavyweight Powerlifting, Ikechukwu Obichukwu claimed the silver medal with a weight of 190kg at the event.
In the women’s heavyweight Powerlifting event, Folashade Oluwafemiayo set a new world record to win the gold medal after lifting a series of 130kg, 150kg and 155kg to end up with 123.4 points. Bose Omolayo ended up with the silver medal as she tallied 115.2 points in the event.
In the women’s para-discus event, Chiemerie Nwachukwu set the world record four times to win a gold medal with a final throw of 36.56m.
In the table tennis doubles, Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun qualified for the Round of 16 of the men’s doubles after defeating Cypriot duo of Elia Shargel and Marios Yiangou 3-0. Olajide Omotayo and Amadi Omeh also teamed up to defeat Bangladeshi duo Hamza Mufradul and Rifat Sabbir 3-0 to progress to the Round of 16.
In the women’s singles, Esther Oribamise and Fatima Bello both failed to reach the last 16 after losing 4-0 and 4-2 to Wales’ Anna Hursey and Charlotte Carey, respectively.