It was a great day for Team Nigeria on Thursday as the country’s national anthem was sung twice at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, following medal-winning performances from Goodness Nwachukwu and Alice Oluwafemiayo.
The duo set new world records in both the women’s discus throw and women’s Para-powerlifting heavyweight events.
Nwachukwu threw 34.84m to break her own world record, which she achieved on March 20 in South Africa, when she threw 33.35m, while Oluwafemiayo recorded a total point of 123.4kg in her event.
Also in the women’s Para-powerlifting heavyweight events, Bose Omolayo came second to win Nigeria’s second silver of the Games.
After ending Day 6 of the Games without a medal, veteran Para-powerlifter Nnamdi Innocent returned Team Nigeria to the podium after winning a bronze medal in the men’s lightweight contest.
Innocent earned a total point of 132.5, after his three attempts, to finish behind Malaysia’s Bonnie Gustin, who claimed gold with a new Games record of 154.6 points, and Mark Swan from England, who finished second with 145.5 points.
Ikechukwu Obichukwu claimed a silver medal late on in the men’s heavyweight Para-powerlifting event.