Birmingham 2022: Medal rush for Team Nigeria as Iyiazi wins gold, breaks record

Team Nigeria’s Njideka Iyiazi won the gold medal in the women’s F55-57 shot put with a new Commonwealth Games record of 10.03 metres in Birmingham today.

She inspired her compatriot Ugochi Alam to win bronze in the event with a throw of 9.38m on a day Nigerian athletes brought in several medals.

In wrestling, Ebikewenimo Welson won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 57kg class, missing out on gold to India’s Kumar Ravi who won the keenly contested final bout.

Also in wrestling today, Team Nigeria’s Ogbonna John defeated his English opponent Charlie Bowling 10-0 to clinch the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 74kg.

Hannah Amuchechi Reuben added to the medal rush in wrestling when she claimed the silver medal in the women’s freestyle 76kg event after losing the final 4-2 to Justina Di Stasio of Canada

In para-table tennis men’s singles classes 3-5, Nigeria’s Isau Ogunkunle did not drop a game in his third place match, comfortably beating India’s Raj Alagar 3-0 (11-3,11-6,11-9) to win bronze.

Faith Obazuaye also won bronze for Team Nigeria in para-table tennis women’s singles classes 6-10.

There was however disappointment in men’s singles table tennis as Commonwealth No.2 Quadri Aruna lost his quarterfinal match to England’s Drinkhall 4-1.

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