Nigeria’s Nwachukwu, Oluwafemiayo win gold, smash records

Two Para-athletes banned for lateness

It was a great day for Team Nigeria on Thursday as the country’s national anthem was sung twice at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, following medal-winning performances from Goodness Nwachukwu and Alice Oluwafemiayo, The PUNCH reports.

The duo set new world records in both the women’s discus throw and women’s Para-powerlifting heavyweight events.

Nwachukwu threw 34.84m to break her own world record, which she achieved on March 20 in South Africa, when she threw 33.35m, while Oluwafemiayo recorded a total point of 123.4kg in her event.

Also in the women’s Para-powerlifting heavyweight events, Bose Omolayo came second to win Nigeria’s second silver of the Games.

After ending Day 6 of the Games without a medal, veteran Para-powerlifter Nnamdi Innocent returned Team Nigeria to the podium after winning a bronze medal in the men’s lightweight contest.

Innocent earned a total point of 132.5, after his three attempts, to finish behind Malaysia’s Bonnie Gustin, who claimed gold with a new Games record of 154.6 points, and Mark Swan from England, who finished second with 145.5 points.

Ikechukwu Obichukwu claimed a silver medal late on in the men’s heavyweight Para-powerlifting event.

Nigeria’s Thomas Kure finished in fourth position, the same number of points as his fellow countryman.

Innocent’s bronze on Thursday means Team Nigeria now have a total of nine medals – five gold, three…

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