by Dayo Laniyan
Nigeria’s athletes certainly proved their worth by netting a total of 6 medals yesterday, 2 of them being the hallowed gold.
Nigeria stood out particularly in Athletics, with Blessing Okagare winning the Women’s 200m final and a second gold medal, on top of the one she achieved on the 28th July in the Women’s 100m. Another winner is Ese Brume, gaining gold in the Women’s Long Jump. This brings Nigeria’s total of medals in Athletics to four, however still behind behemoth England’s total of 16.
Wrestling however has been a more bittersweet pill for Nigeria, as all four participants just missed their chances at gold. In the Men’s FS 86kg Gold medal match Nigeria’s Andrew Dick was bested by Canada’s Tamerlan Tagziev. The three other Nigerian participants in the Wrestling category were able to win bronze medals, with Ifeoma Nwoye in the Women’s FS 55kg, Sampson Clarkson in the Men’s FS 65kg, and Blessing Oborududu in the Women’s FS 63kg.
England yesterday proved why they earned the place at the top of the nation leader boards with seven gold medals alone from its athletes: two from the Lawn Bowls, both in the Open and Women’s Triples; three in Gymnastics and one apiece in the Cycling Road and Athletics.
Currently England are on top of the medal standings, with 44 gold medals and 123 in total. Second and close on their heels is Australia, with 36 gold medals and 113 in total. Below them is Canada with 65, Scotland with 43 and India with 47 in total, but lower due to less gold medals.
Nigeria as of now 8th, with eight gold medals, six silver and 11 bronze, bringing their total up to 25.