Commonwealth Games: Team Nigeria Para-Athletes Win Five Medals, Set World Records


Team Nigeria Para-Athletes in the Powerlifting and Discus events were in the best form of their lives as they claimed two gold, two silver, bronze and set new World Records at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

Folashade Oluwafemiayo broke the World Record in women’s Heavyweight Powerlifting event, lifting a series of: 130kg, 150kg & 155kg to score a cumulative 123.4 points, adding a gold to Nigeria’s medals haul in Birmingham.

In fact Team Nigeria won the gold and silver medals in this event, after Bose Omolayo finished second behind her compatriot to make it a one and two for Nigeria on the podium. Omolayo lifted 145kg and scored 115.2 points.

Goodness Chiemerie Nwachukwu was a delight to watch after she clinched the gold medal in women’s Discus F42-44/61-64 event with an unprecedented throw of 36.56m.

Nwachukwu was so good that four of her throws could have separately been World Records.

The male Para-athletes were also not left out as Obichukwu Ikechukwu won a silver in the men’s Heavyweight Powerlifting.

Innocent Nnamdi claimed the only bronze medal Nigeria recorded today (Thursday), after he lifted a 2nd round attempt of 190kg to finish 3rd ahead of his compatriot, Thomas Kure who finished 4th lifting 180kg in the men’s Lightweight Powerlifting category.

Meanwhile, it was also relief for Team Nigeria boxers after Ifeanyi Onyekwere boxed his way to the semis of men’s over 92kg Super Heavyweight category.

Onyekwere came through with a 5-0 (Win on Points) over Marcel Mouafo-Feujo of Canada, which means the Nigerian is now locked in for a sure medal in this event.


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