Nigeria on Friday made a giant move to the 8th position on the medals table after winning four gold medals at the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games taking place in Gold coast, Australia.
Nigeria has eight gold, five silver and five bronze medals. Team Nigeria is now ahead of such big countries like Jamaica, Malaysia, Kenya, and Botswana. South Africa remains the only African country ahead of Nigeria on the table as they maintained their 5th position with 13 Gold, 10 Silver and 12 bronze medals.
Blessing Oborodudu started a night to remember for Nigeria with a stunning victory in the 68 kg freestyle against Daniella Lappage of Canada winning 3 – 1 to add to the haul of Nigeria’s precious gold.
When Odunayo Adekuroye stepped on the mat, the hall exploded with sporadic applause against her India’s opponent, Pooja Dhunda. As they sized themselves up, tension soared as Odunayo was warned and a point deducted from her. She did not look perturbed. When she finally got a real hold on opponent, she pinned her to the mat, turned and twisted like a crocodile overwhelming its prey.
The Nigerian garnered five points. As they continued with victory moving towards Nigeria, the Indian in a flash produced a stunning move that saw her amassing 5 points. Odunayo, however, took victory beyond her and ended the night on a victorious note beating her 7 – 5 to clinch the gold. An overwhelmed coach swept her off her feet and hauled her on his head to celebrate the gold. Odunayo had other ideas.
Decked with a Nigerian flag, she danced to what has become a signatory dance and the crowd roared in appreciation. Oluwatobilola Amusan also won gold in the 100m Women hurdle to keep Nigeria’s flag flying. The gold rush was not over as Suwaibidu Galadima, a Para athlete, capped the night with yet another gold medal in the T47 100 m final.
Galadima, remarkably, led the field from beginning to finish 11:04secs. The 4 x 100 m Relays men got a bronze medal with a time 38:52secs and Amos Daniel also won a bronze in the Men’s 65 kg Freestyle.