Team Nigeria moved to sixth place in the medals table of the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, after Favour Ofili clinched silver in the women’s 200m race, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The 19-year-old sprinter, who became the third Nigerian athlete to feature in the women’s 200m final at the Commonwealth Games, clocking 22.51secs to finish behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah at the Alexander Stadium on Saturday night.
Thompson-Herah who took Wednesday’s 100m title, had the race won early, streaking clear of Ofili and Namibia’s Christine Mboma.
Her winning time of 20.02secs is a new Games record, beating the 22.09secs set by Shaunae Miller-Uibo.
The race, which was the last event of the day (Saturday), saw Nigeria claim its 30th medal of the ongoing championships.
Nigeria has now amassed nine gold, eight silver and 13 bronze medals, for a total of 30 medals after Day 9 of the Commonwealth Games.
Eucharia Iyiazi and Ugochi Alarm had earlier won gold and bronze respectively for Team Nigeria in the Women’s F56/57 Para Shot Put event.
Iyiazi won gold with a record throw of 10.03m in the Para-Athletics event, while Ugochi won bronze with a throw of 9.38m in the same event.
Two-time Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Ebikewenimo Welson, picked up the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 57KG event after losing to India’s Kumar Ravi in the final.
Ogbonna John nicked a bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 74KG. He defeated Charlie Bowling of England in the bronze medal game.
Cynthia Ogunsemilore and Faith Obazuaye won bronze medals in boxing and para table tennis.
Ogunsemilore lost in the women’s lightweight semi-final bout to Amy Sara Broadhurst from Northern Ireland by a unanimous decision.
Obazuaye defeated Felicity Pickard of England 6-10 to win bronze in the Women’s Para Table Tennis event.
Wrestler Blessing Oborududu won Team Nigeria’s second gold medal on Day 8 of the event, she defeated Linda Morais in the 68kg women’s category final.
Her victory came after compatriot Odunayo Adekuoroye won Nigeria’s sixth gold medal in a wrestling event.
Hannah Reuben also won silver in the women’s wrestling 76kg category.
Isau Ogunkunle also defeated Raj Alagar 3-0 to win another bronze for Nigeria in the men’s singles classes 3-5 Para Table event.
In Boxing,Onyekwere Innocent won bronze in Super heavy weight 92+kg category while Esther Oshoba progressed to the final of the women’s over 54kg-57kg featherweight after a win over Tina Rahimi of Australia. Oshoba claimed a 4-1 victory by split decision in the semi-final bout.